Thomas Paine 's Common Sense Essay

787 Words Dec 1st, 2015 4 Pages
Thomas Paine, an English born man became one of the most influential figures in the United States’ fight for independence. A failed rope maker, tax collector, and tobacco shop owner, Thomas Paine emigrated from Great Britain to the American colonies and became critical in the fight for the nations independence. The pamphlet “Common Sense” written by Paine, shortly after his arrival, would serve to become one of the most crucial writings in American literature. Paine, a man of many talents, found his calling in inspiring the nation to join the revolution.
Being born to religious parents, his father a Quaker and mother belonging to the Church of England, Paine received a religious upbringing. By the age of thirteen Paine was finished with primary school and began to apprentice with his father as a stay-maker (rope maker). Disliking the family business Paine suffered only for five or so years before leaving his apprenticeship behind and moving to London. Having knowledge and experience of really only one skill, Paine decided to stay with his original profession and became a stay-maker once again. Finding only mediocre success in this line of work, and suffering the death of his wife, Paine decides to leave stay-making for good. After fourteen months of study, Paine was appointed to the position of Exciseman (tax collector), however, six years later Paine wrote and distributed The Case of the Officers of Excise (1772), arguing for a pay raise for officers, which led to his…

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