Thomas Paine

New polemicist, focused cause with "Common Sense."
Born
1737
Died
1908
Portrait Year
1776
Portrait Age
19

Thomas Paine wrote the 1776 pamphlet Common Sense that galvanized revolutionary sentiment and led to the Independence Movement and the writing of the Declaration of Independence. Paine had met Franklin in England, who invited him to come to America, the land of opportunity.