Notes on Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine (1736-1809)

Best remembered as the author of "Rights of Man" and "The Age of Reason", Paine was born in Norfolk in 1736 and spent part of his early life in Sussex. At the invitation of Benjamin Franklin, he migrated to America in the early 1770s and fought in the American Revolution, writing a series of pamphlets, "Crisis in America" and "Common Sense" which had a tremendous influence on the development of the Republic. He served in several governmental posts before going to France where he was elected to the National Assembly following the French Revolution. Like Thomas Muir, he opposed the execution of Louis XVI and was imprisoned for a year before returning to America where he died in 1809. It is rumoured that his remains were brought back to England but their whereabouts are now completely unknown.

Here are some sites about Paine where you'll find more detailed biographical information and links to most of his writings.

The LibertyOnline Thomas Paine Library

Archive of Thomas Paine Works

Thomas Paine - Infidels.Org

Thomas Paine - Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Thomas Paine - Deism.Com

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