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Thomas Paine

1737 - 1809

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Thomas Paine (born Thomas Pain; February 9, 1737 [O.S. January 29, 1736] – June 8, 1809) was an English-born American political activist, philosopher, political theorist, and revolutionary. He authored Common Sense (1776) and The American Crisis (1776–1783), two of the most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, and helped inspire the Patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Great Britain, hitherto an unpopular cause. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era ideals of transnational human rights.Born in Thetford, Norfolk, Paine emigrated to the British American colonies in 1774 with the help of Benjamin Franklin, arriving just in time to participate in the American Revolution. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Paine has received more than 5,898,014 page views. His biography is available in 84 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 80 in 2019). Thomas Paine is the 452nd most popular writer (up from 461st in 2019), the 345th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 344th in 2019) and the 41st most popular British Writer.

Thomas Paine was an English-American political activist, philosopher, and revolutionary. He was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era rhetoric of transnational human rights. He has been called "a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination."

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Among writers, Thomas Paine ranks 452 out of 5,755Before him are Ágota Kristóf, Gabriela Mistral, Qu Yuan, Ève Curie, Livius Andronicus, and Richard Bach. After him are John Galsworthy, Ilya Ehrenburg, Athenaeus, Anaïs Nin, Salman Rushdie, and Frances Hodgson Burnett.

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Among people born in 1737, Thomas Paine ranks 4Before him are Luigi Galvani, Johann Friedrich Struensee, and Edward Gibbon. After him are Michael Haydn, Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov, Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, Marie-Louise O'Murphy, Josef Mysliveček, Archduchess Maria Elisabeth of Austria, and Louise of France. Among people deceased in 1809, Thomas Paine ranks 3Before him are Joseph Haydn and Jean Lannes. After him are Rama I, Nicolai Abildgaard, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, Antoine Charles Louis de Lasalle, Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy, François Laurent d'Arlandes, August Ludwig von Schlözer, and Matthew Boulton.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Paine ranks 345 out of 7,765Before him are Enid Blyton (1897), Vivienne Westwood (1941), Ian Gillan (1945), Marie of Romania (1875), Tristan (535), and Anne Hathaway (1556). After him are Jackie Stewart (1939), John Galsworthy (1867), Richard of York, 3rd Duke of York (1411), Richard Attenborough (1923), Colin Firth (1960), and Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Thomas Paine ranks 41Before him are Ken Follett (1949), George Eliot (1819), G. K. Chesterton (1874), Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828), Christopher Marlowe (1564), and Enid Blyton (1897). After him are John Galsworthy (1867), Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849), D. H. Lawrence (1885), Harold Pinter (1930), Anthony Burgess (1917), and Robert Burns (1759).