Thomas Paine was the son of a Quaker and corset maker who was born in Norfolk, January 29th, 1737. He received his education in a local school and went on to become an apprentice corset maker. From there he went on to become excise man in Lincolnshire and then a school teacher in London. Here are some more interesting facts that are in regard to the life and times of Thomas Paine.
In was in the year of 1768 when Paine relocated to Lewes and took a job as an excise officer. He then became involved with local politics where he served time as city council and the he established himself on the debating club in some local inn. After upsetting his employer by demanding a higher salary he was then fired and he went to publish a pamphlet in regard to this matter. During his time in London he met Ben Franklin, and it was Franklin who went on to encourage Thomas to emigrate to America.
As time passed he settled into the city of Philadelphia and it was there that he then became a journalist. He then had several articles that were then published in a local magazine. One of the articles reflected on the ending of slavery. He continued to write articles throughout the war and he also served under General Washington. Paine traveled to the country of France in hopes of raising some money for the American cause.
During the year of 1787 Paine no longer played any role in the American government after its independence was gained returned back to Britain. He continued to write articles in regard to political matters and issues and by 1791 he published his most important work, which was titled The Rights Of Man.
Paine attacked the British government and argued for equal rights. He suggested that any man over the age of 21 should be allowed to cast their votes and this went to the House Of Commons and as a result laws were then passed. Books that he wrote also recommended taxation, old age pension, family allowance, some maternity grants and also the abolition of the House Of The Lords.
This outraged the Government of Great Britain and his book was later banned. Thomas Paine was then charged with sedition libel, but was able to make his way to the country of France before ever being arrested. Even though his book was banned many people were still able to obtain a copy.
Thomas then became a citizen of France and went to be elected to the national convention. He then went on to unset the French revolutionaries after he oppressed an execution of former king Louis the XVI. Paine was arrested and placed in prison and was under the threat of his execution from the year of 1793 on to the year of 1794. It was James Monroe who put pressure on the government of France to release him.
In was during the year of 1802 that he then returned to America. However, after arriving there he discovered that there were many people who were upset with him there as well. Paine was not able to return back to Britain and stayed in America until the time of his death in the city of New York on June the 8th, 1809.