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About Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine (February 9, 1737 - June 8, 1809) was an author, philosopher, revolutionary (in America, England, and France), and a "Founding Father" of the United States. His writings about equality, liberty, religion, reason, and economic opportunity helped to ignite many revolutions, most notably, the American and French revolutions, and they continue to influence the political, cultural and economic debates of our own age. While Paine was born in Thetford, England, he was truly a "man of the world," who spent his life developing, debating, and fighting for his ideals in many well-known places, notably Philadelphia, New York, London, and Paris. After spending his final years in Greenwich Village, he was buried on his farm in New Rochelle just a quarter mile from where Iona College now stands.