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Thomas Paine
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Age72 (age at death)
Birthday 9 February, 1737
Birthplace Thetford, England
Died 8 June, 1809
Place of Death New York City, New York, USA
Hair Color Brown - Dark
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
Nationality American
Occupation Author
Claim to Fame The Rights of Man
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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), 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. Padover described him as "a corsetmaker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination".

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