Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine (Januar 29, 1737 – Juin 8, 1809) wis an Inglis-American poleetical activist, filosofer, poleetical theorist, an revolutionary. Ane o the Foondin Faithers o the Unitit States, he authored the twa maist influential pamphlets at the stairt o the American Revolution, an he inspired the rebels in 1776 tae declare unthirldom frae Breetain.[2] His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era rhetoric of transnational human rights.[3]

Thomas Paine
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Portrait bi Auguste Millière (1880)
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BornThomas Pain[1]
Januar 29, 1737[Note 1]
Thetford, Norfolk, Great Breetain
Dee'd8 Juin 1809(1809-06-08) (aged 72)
New York Ceety, New York, U.S.
EraAge o Enlichtenment
SchuilEnlichtenment, liberalism, republicanism
Main interests
Politics, ethics, releegion
SignaturThomas Paine Signature.svg


  1. Conway, Moncure D. (1908). The Life of Thomas Paine. Vol. I. p. 3. Cobbett, William, Illustrator. G. P. Putnam's Sons. Retrieved 2 October 2013. – In the contemporary record as notit bi Conway, Paine's birth date is prentit in Volume I, page 3, as 29 Januar, 1736–37. Common practice wis tae uise a dash or a slash tae separate the auld-style year frae the new-style year. Paine's birth date, atween 1 Januar, an 25 Mairch, advances bi eleiven days an his year increases bi ane tae Februar 9, 1737. The A.S. airtin gies mair detail if needit.


  1. Ayer, Alfred Jules (1990). Thomas Paine. University of Chicago Press. p. 1. ISBN 0-226-03339-2.
  2. Henretta, James A.; et al. (2011). America's History, Volume 1: To 1877. Macmillan. p. 165. ISBN 9780312387914.
  3. Jason D. Solinger. "Thomas Paine's Continental Mind". Early American Literature (2010) 45#3, Vol. 45 Issue 3, pp. 593-61.7