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Thomas Paine (1737–1809) by John Wesley Jarvis, c. 1806–7 Gift of Marian B. Maurice, Photograph © 2004 Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington


Paine, Thomas (1737–1809), author and revolutionary, was born in Thetford, Norfolk, on 29 January 1737, the first of two children of Joseph Pain (1708–1787), stay-maker and tenant farmer, and Frances Cocke (1697–c.1790), daughter of Thomas Cocke, attorney and town clerk of ...