Thomas Paine

1737 - 1809

Thomas Paine

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), the two most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution, and helped inspire the patriots in 1776 to declare independence from Great Britain. His ideas reflected Enlightenment-era ideals of transnational human rights. Historian Saul K. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas Paine has received more than 4,557,579 page views. His biography is available in 78 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 491st most popular writer.

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Among writers, Thomas Paine ranks 488 out of 4,883Before him are Comte de Lautréamont, Baldassare Castiglione, Daphne du Maurier, Michel Houellebecq, Giorgos Seferis, and Robert A. Heinlein. After him are Robert Walser, Ilya Ehrenburg, Gérard de Nerval, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Anaïs Nin, and Zecharia Sitchin.

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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, Marie-Louise O'Murphy, Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Josef Mysliveček, Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, John Hancock, Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov, and Tokugawa Ieharu. 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, François Laurent d'Arlandes, August Ludwig von Schlözer, Antoine Charles Louis de Lasalle, Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy, and Ueda Akinari.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Paine ranks 357 out of 5,347Before him are Nicholas Winton (1909), Mary of Teck (1867), Daphne du Maurier (1907), Roger Penrose (1931), Joshua Reynolds (1723), and Thomas Carlyle (1795). After him are Thomas Bayes (1702), Francis William Aston (1877), Gordon Banks (1937), Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma (1900), Jeremy Irons (1948), and Arthur, Prince of Wales (1486).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Thomas Paine ranks 47Before him are J. M. Barrie (1860), Ken Follett (1949), Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828), William Wordsworth (1770), Enid Blyton (1897), and Daphne du Maurier (1907). After him are Anthony Burgess (1917), D. H. Lawrence (1885), George Eliot (1819), Walter Raleigh (1554), Philip Larkin (1922), and Samuel Butler (1835).