Thomas Paine’s birthday
Originally shared by Ed Pearce
English-American philosopher, author, and activist Thomas Paine was born on February 9, 1737 in a cottage in Thetford, a town in Norfolk, England.
His parents were Joseph and Frances Pain. Joseph was a Quaker staymaker (corset maker) and Frances an Anglican. A sister, Elizabeth, died in infancy.
Thomas grew up around farmers and other uneducated people. He attended Thetford Grammar School (1744–49), at a time when there was no compulsory education, leaving school at the age of 13 to work for his father.
Thomas spent his teenage years as an apprentice corset maker.