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. 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 5,552,538 page views. His biography is available in 80 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 78 in 2019). Thomas Paine is the 461st most popular writer (up from 488th in 2019), the 344th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 357th in 2019) and the 47th 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 461 out of 5,794Before him are Louisa May Alcott, Herta Müller, Joris-Karl Huysmans, Harold Pinter, Tulsidas, and Wu Cheng'en. After him are Statius, J. M. G. Le Clézio, T. S. Eliot, Valmiki, Theodore Dreiser, and Louis Aragon.

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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, Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Marie-Louise O'Murphy, Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov, Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, Josef Mysliveček, Louise of France, and John Hancock. Among people deceased in 1809, Thomas Paine ranks 2Before him is Joseph Haydn. After him are Jean Lannes, Rama I, Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Nicolai Abildgaard, Jean-Pierre Blanchard, August Ludwig von Schlözer, Antoine Charles Louis de Lasalle, François Laurent d'Arlandes, Matthew Boulton, and William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Thomas Paine ranks 344 out of 6,924Before him are William Crookes (1832), Millvina Dean (1912), Rod Stewart (1945), Ian McShane (1942), Arthur Eddington (1882), and Harold Pinter (1930). After him are Llywelyn ap Gruffudd (1220), John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650), Benny Hill (1924), John Wesley (1703), Anne Neville (1456), and Theresa May (1956).

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Among writers born in United Kingdom, Thomas Paine ranks 47Before him are Percy Fawcett (1867), Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828), Alexander Pope (1688), Ken Follett (1949), Enid Blyton (1897), and Harold Pinter (1930). After him are Samuel Johnson (1709), George Eliot (1819), D. H. Lawrence (1885), Philip Larkin (1922), A. J. Cronin (1896), and Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772).