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Thomas Paine

1737 — 1809

Thomas Paine was an author, pamphleteer, radical, inventor, intellectual, revolutionary, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Born in Thetford, Norfolk, Paine emigrated to the British American colonies in 1774 in time to participate in the American Revolution. His principal contributions were the powerful, widely-read pamphlet Common Sense, advocating colonial America’s independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and The American Crisis, a pro-revolutionary pamphlet series. Paine greatly influenced the French Revolution and wrote the Rights of Man, a guide to Enlightenment ideas. Despite not speaking French, he was elected to the French National Convention in 1792. (source: Wikipedia)

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