Thomas Paine

The Revolutionary Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine (1737 – 1809) was an English political activist, philosopher and revolutionary figure, who was born to Quaker parents and for a short period worked in Lincolnshire as a tax collector. In the England of Paine’s youth religious intolerance was widespread. Despite The Toleration Act of 1689 that provided legal freedom of worship, Quakers were still faced persecution for their dissenting beliefs. Paine’s father Joseph Pain (the ‘e’ was later