Thomas Paine was born in Thetford, England on January 29, 1737. At the age of 12, he dropped out of school and became his dad's apprentice as a Corset maker. When he turned 19, Paine wanted to joined a privateer ship named the Terrible. When his father heard about this, he persuaded Thomas not to join the ship.
Main Goals and Accomplishments
Thomas Paine had many accomplishments such as writing books that influenced political causes in three countries: The United States, England, and France. Some books and papers Paine wrote that were influential included Common Sense and the Crisis papers. The book, Common Sense, sold more than 500,000 copies in just a few months. The Crisis papers encouraged the people of France to fight for independence. Some of Thomas Paine's main goals were making America and France independent countries and encouraging citizens to fight for their right to vote.
Was Paine Successful?
After the War of Independence ended in April, 1783, Thomas Paine did not feel as successful as he wanted to feel, because he did not have the support of the United States government and the people. He had to ask his political friends such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and others for money in order to have food on the table and a roof over his head. His imprisonment in France also took a toll on himself. But he did encourage the patriots to face Great Britain together.