Essay on Thomas Paine - Forever A Patriot

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Thomas Paine was more than just a political writer. He was also an inventor and an architect. He is still known for what he had wrote over two hundred years ago. Thomas Paine is a patriot and wrote about ideas that supported the secession of the colonies from Great Britain. Thomas Paine was born on January 29, 1737 in Thetford, England and was the son of a farmer and a corset maker. He attended school until the age of 12, but failed out and had to work with his father. At age 19 he went to sea, traveling to many different countries and meeting many people. Unfortunately this was a short-lived dream and found him self as an excise officer in 1768. At this job he did not excel and was discharged from his post twice in four years. In 1772 …show more content…
However he did produce the pamphlet called the The Crisis. This pamphlet was so popular that according to Independence Hall Association, as a percentage, more people have read this pamphlet than today, people watching the Super Bowl. Instead of furthermore supporting the revolutionary cause he goes returns to Europe with many other intentions. While he was there he developed the smokeless candle and designed the Sunderland Bridge at the Wear River in Wearmouth, England. He also wrote The Rights of Man in supporting the French Revolutionary. “Thomas Paine was probably the first professional revolutionary”, were the words of Dr. Manafo. I concur because first Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense supporting and sparking the American Revolution, now he is in France supporting the French Revolution by writing The Rights of Man. By 1793 he was imprisoned in France, but while he was imprisoned he wrote his greatest work, The Age of Reason, an anti-church text. This was very successful and one of his readers, James Monroe, helped him escape execution and was freed in 1794 and returned to the US with an invitation from Thomas Jefferson. When he got back he realized that his views on the American Revolution had been eradicated by his religious views. Thomas lived a lonely life, derided by the public, and abandoned by his friends, he died on June 8, 1809 at the age of 72 in New York City.

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