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About Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine (February 9, 1737 - June 8, 1809) was a transnational author, philosopher, and revolutionary. A "Founding Father" of the United States, Paine’s writings about equality, liberty, religion, reason, and economic opportunity were highly influential in late eighteenth-century America, England, and France. These writings continue to influence the political, cultural and economic debates of our own age, particularly in the spheres of media and communication. A global citizen, Paine lived in Philadelphia, London, and Paris before spending final years in Greenwich Village, New York. He was buried on his farm in New Rochelle just a quarter mile from where Iona College now stands.

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