Thomas Paine


Miscellaneous biographical information

Thomas Paine (d1809) worked as staymaker, a seaman, a school-usher, a tobacconist and an exciseman, until he moved to Pennysylvania in 1774, where he became editor of The Pennysylvania Magazine, in which he wrote articles advocating American independence and the abolition of slavery. He returned to Europe after the American War of Independence, and became involved with the French Revolution. He published The Rights of Man in 1792 as a defence of the French Revolution, and The Age of Reason in 1795, in which he made a detailed analysis of religious belief. 


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