Thomas Paine

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Born 1/29/1737 Thetford, England

01/29/1737

Leaves school age 12, becomes an apprentice for his father

1749

Becomes a sailor

1756

Marries Mary Lambert 9/27/1759, she dies soon after during childbirth

09/27/1760

Becomes tax officer in England

1768

Marries Elizabeth Ollive

03/26/1771

Meets Ben Franklin & is persuaded to move to Pennsylvania

1774

Legally becomes separated from Elizabeth Ollive

1774

BECOMES A JOURNALIST

1774

Becomes the co-editor of the Pennsylvania Magazine

1775

Publishes "African Slavery in America"

1775

Founds the first abolitionist societies

1775

Begins "The Crisis"

1776

Publishes "Common Sense", donates most of the funds to Revolutionary Army

1776

Appointed Secretary of the Committee Foreign Affairs in Congress

1777

Resigns the job he was appointed two years ago

1779

Publishes "Public Good"

1780

Travels to France to raise funds for their Army

1781

The French Revolution starts.

1789

Starts "Rights of a Man"

1791

It supported the French Revolution, labeling him an outlaw in Britain.

Convicted of treason an banished from England

1792

Imprisoned for supporting French Revolution

1793

Released from prison

1794

Joins the Convention again.

1795

Publishes "Agrarian Justice"

1797

Returns to America after Thomas Jefferson's invitation

1802

Dies in New York City 6/8/1809

06/08/1809