Thomas Paine, copy of engraving after George Romney, ca. 1921.

Thomas Paine (January 29, 1736 - June 8, 1809) was an American author revolutionary and founding father of the United States of America. He came to the Americas in 1774. One of his main contributions to the revolution was his writings which stated the position of the revolutionaries and motivated many. Probably his most famous publication was Common Sense first published in January 1776, soon after the beginning of the American Revolutionary War against England.

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