Thomas Paine, the greatest thinker of his age, was born and educated in Thetford and was the first champion of the Rights of Man.
“History is to ascribe the American Revolution to Thomas Paine” – John Adams 1819
“I consider Paine our greatest political thinker” – Thomas Alva Edison 1925
Thomas Paine had a key influence on the American and French Revolutions and a gold statue was erected outside King’s House in 1964 (Bonaparte said that a gold statue of Paine should be erected in every city in the universe).
Views of Paine have varied since his death. In 1964, some opposed the erection of his statue outside King’s House, a gift from the Thomas Paine Foundation in the USA. The controversy led to the foundation of a UK based Thomas Paine Society to promote a better understanding of the man and his work.
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