"These are the times that try men's souls" a quote which was taken from his book The Crisis not only describes his life but also the beginnings of the American Revolution. A man who lived off gratitude and the simple niceness of people around him as most of his life he believed he was a failure when in fact he helped inspire a nation. He had a vision for society: he was a man who was anti-slavery, and he was the first person to support a world peace organization and social security for the poor and elderly. His views on religion however would destroy his much worked for success, and at the end of his life, only a small amount of people paid their respects at his funeral.
Thomas Paine was born in 1737 in Thetford England. Thomas failed school at the age of 12, much to the disbelief of his father who had high hopes for his son.
He decided to do an apprenticeship with his father but he failed that as well. At age 19 Thomas Paine went to sea and found himself working as an excise (tax) officer in England. Again he didn't do too well at this job either and found himself being discharged from this position twice in four years. By coincidence he met Benjamin Franklin in London, who helped him immigrate to Philadelphia.
It's hard to find what Thomas Paine's beliefs were on woman's rights but I can only assume he believed women were equal as he worked at a company called Pennsylvania Magazine and wrote about such issues as slavery, women's rights, animal cruelty and the independence of the United States.
Thomas Paine joined to Continental Army and wasn't a successful soldier but it inspired him to write pamphlets entitled The Crisis...