Wentworth Cheswell and Thomas Paine

Two important men in history

Alex's Historical Figure:

Alex researched Wentworth Cheswell. Cheswell was 1/4 black and 3/4 white (Forgotten Architect). He lived in New Hampshire in the 18th century (Forgotten Architect). His father, Hopestill Cheswell, was a wealthy builder that was 1/2 white and 1/2 black (Forgotten Architect).

Wentworth Cheswell had a pretty fair job for a colored man in those days. He was a wealthy businessman (Forgotten Architect). Cheswell was elected for many official posts in Newmarket NH (Forgotten Architect), so the reader can infer that he did well at his job.

Even though Wentworth Cheswell's act in history was very small, it was still important and saved many lives. He was a Massachusetts patriot (Krout). Similar to Paul Revere, Cheswell made a midnight ride alerting local residents that British soldiers were invading (Krout). On top of that, he then "fought heroically in The Battle of Saratoga" (Krout).

Wentworth Cheswell isn't very commonly remembered in your everyday history class, but people need to know that he is an irreplaceable hero that is necessary to history. I have learned that no matter how small your role is, you are a crucial piece of the puzzle.

Picture cite: "Starter Deck #3-Wentworth Cheswell."HISTORICAL CONQUEST. N.p.,n.d. Web. 24 Apr. 2016.

Logan's Historical Figure:

Logan researched Thomas Paine. A man who is a supporter, inspiration, and writer. Someone who has written a pamphlet for the 13 colonies to keep fighting. Why was Thomas Paine important during the Revolutionary War?

Paine was born in Thetford, United Kingdom (Thomas Paine). He then came to America in 1774 (Thomas Paine) because he had an association with Benjamin Franklin (Thomas Paine's Influence). He then came and impacted the revolutionary era (Thomas Paine).

Paine wrote "Common Sense" a pamphlet (Conflict and Revolution). "Common Sense was 47 pages long and filled with inspirational words (Conflict and Revolution). This pamphlet lead the soldiers to keep fighting, and for a lot of them they looked up to it (Conflict and Revolution). What lead him to being the author of "Common Sense" was that in his previous jobs he was a philosopher and Revolutionary (Thomas Paine's Influence). "Common Sense" was published in 1776 two years after he arrived (Thomas Paine).

Though many of his ideas were about how he did not want a monarchy, and how he supported Americas independence (Thomas Paine Influence). Paine wasn't intending to be helpful but he impacted a lot. I learned no matter the size of the impact you can help many people, and keep the hope up.

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Citation for picture: Kreitner, Richard. "February 9, 1737: Thomas Paine Is Born." The Nation. N.p., 09 Feb. 2015. Web. 04 May 2016


Alex's Works Cited:

"A Forgotten Architect." New York Times. 27 Feb. 1997.General onefile. Web19 Apr. 2016.

Krout, John A., Arnold S. Rice, C.M. Harris, and John A. Krout. United States History to 1877.

New York, NY: HarperPerennial, 1991. Print.

"Starter Deck #3-Wentworth Cheswell." HISTORICAL CONQUEST. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Apr.


"Wentworth Cheswell." Wentworth Cheswell. N.p., n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.

Logan's Works Cited:

"Conflict and Revolution: Common Sense." Gale Encyclopedia of American Law. Ed. Donna

Batten. 3rd ed. Vol.13. Detroit: Gale 2011. 83-84. opposing view points in context. Web. 22 Apr. 2016.

"Thomas Paine." World Biography. Detroit:Gale, 1998. Student Resources in context. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.

"Thomas Paine's Influence on the American Revolution"-sons of the American Revolution, Connecticut N.p., n.d. Web.20 Apr. 2016.