The Life of T. Paine

By Deion
  • Birth Date

    Thomas Paine was born on January 29,1737 in Thetford, England
  • Dropout

    His father had grand vivsion for him, but by the age of 12 Thomas failed out of school
  • Goes To Sea

    He began apprenticing his father, but that didn't last long. So at age 19 he went to sea.
  • Gets A Job

    His advenyure at sea didn't last too long and by 1768 he came came back from sea and became a tax officer in England
  • Gets Fired

    After being fired twice in four years, Paine published "The Case Of The Officers Of Exercise" arguing for a pay raise for officers
  • Meets been Franklin

    He met Ben Franklin in London by accident. Franklin help him emigrate to Philadelphia
  • Move to Philadelphia

    He became a very popular journalist in Philadelphia
  • Published a Book

    Paine published Common Sense which brought a strong defense for America's independence from England.
  • Joins The Army

    The same year he joined the Continental Army but wasn't very successful as a soldier.
  • Returns to Europe

    But, instead of continuing to help the Revolutionary cause, he returned to Europe and pursued other ventures.
  • Worte another book

    He wrote the book "The Rights of Man" in response to criticism of the French Revolution.
  • He goes to jail

    Although a supporter of the French Revolution, in 1793, he was imprisoned in France for not endorsing the execution of Louis XVI.
  • The Age Of Reason

    During his imprisonment, he wrote and distributed the first part of what was to become his most famous work at the time, the anti-church text, "The Age of Reason"
  • He Gets Freed

    He was freed in 1794 thanks to the efforts of James Monroe, then U.S. Minister to France.
  • Returns to America

    Paine remained in France until 1802 when he returned to America on an invitation from Thomas Jefferson.
  • Life after the American Revolution

    There Paine would discover that his contributions to the American Revolution had been all but eradicated due to his religious views. Derided by the public and abandoned by his friends.
  • Paine Dies

    Paine died at 59 Grove Street in Greenwich Village, New York City, on June 8, 1809.