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Lasting Monuments to Paine's Life and Accomplishments

... This plaque appears in the town of Paine's birth, Thetford, England

...A quote from Paine's Rights of Man, Thetford, England: "My country is the world, my religion is to do good."

In 1744 Thomas Paine began his schooling in this building in Thetford, England

This is the Paine family house in Thetford, England. Paine's mother was living her when he visited her upon his return to England in 1787.

In 1759, this house in Sandwich, Kent, England, was the home and shop of Thomas Paine. Today, cottage contains a comprehensive collection of Revolutionary War literature including all of the works published by Paine.

In February of 1768, Paine obtained a position as an excise officer in Lewes, East Sussex. He lived above the fifteenth-century Bull House, the tobacco shop of Samuel Ollive and Esther Ollive.

In December 1762, he became an excise officer in Grantham, Lincolnshire. Then, in August 1764, he was transferred to Alford, at a salary of £50 per annum.

This bas relief on glass is in the Washington Crossing Park Visitors Center, Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania. It was sculpted by Joseph Dougherty and dedicated in 1997.

The Thomas Paine House, Corner of Church St. and Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown, New Jersey.

This statue of Paine was sculpted by Lawrence Holofcener and dedicated on 7 June, 1997 by the Bordentown Historical Society. It sits on a grass median in a quiet residential section of town. The statue contains the following written message: "Father of the American Revolution " Paine's words and deeds put the concepts of independence, equality, democracy, abolition of slavery, representative government and a constitution with a bill of rights, on the American agenda.

This Statue of Thomas Paine by Georg Lober is located in Burnham Park, Morristown, New Jersey. The statue shows Paine in 1776, using a drum as a table during the withdrawal of the army across New Jersey, while composing the first of the Crisis Papers. The statue was dedicated on 4 July, 1950, the 174th Anniversary of the Declaration of American Independence. It was presented to the people of Morristown by the Thomas Paine Memorial Committee, Joseph Lewis, Secretary. There are six quotes on the statue, including one by John Adams ("History is to ascribe the American Revolution to Thonas Paine"), one by General Nathaniel Greene ("Free America without her Thomas Paine is unthinkable), and one by the Marquis de Lafayette.

Paine arrived in Paris in 1787 to secure endorsement of his bridge design by the French scientific community. This statue was erected on the 29th of January, 1948 in Parc Montsouris, at the Cite Universitaire, Paris (14th Arrondisement)across from the U.S. Building. The gold-plated statue was presented as a gift from liberty-loving Americans to the people of France, with the fervent wish that the principles of liberty which Paine contributed to in both countries would forever endure. A gift of Joseph Lewis (author of Thomas Paine, Author of the Declaration of Independence, The statue was sculpted by Gutzon Borglum, arriving in France just before the Second World War erupted. During the war, the statue was hidden from the Germans.

[We thank The Friends of Thomas Paine, another organization dedicated to preserving and spreading the legacy of Thomas Paine, for providing this image of the Paris statue.]

This is a photograph of the marker located at the Southeast corner of S. 3rd St. and Thomas Paine Place (Chancellor St.), in Philadelphia is the location where printer Robert Bell produced the first copies of Paine's Common Sense in 1776.

On the 29th of December, 1793, Paine was arrested and taken to Luxembourg Prison. The jail was formerly a palace and unlike any other detainment center in the world. He was treated to a large room with two windows and was locked inside only at night. His meals were catered from outside, and servants were permitted, though Paine did not take advantage of that particular luxury. While in prison, he continued to work on The Age of Reason.

In the summer of 1808, Paine came to live with the Cornelius Ryder family on Herring (now Bleecker) Street in the village of Greenwich, which was at the time a mile and a half north of New York City.

The Thomas Paine Memorial Museum, New Rochelle, New York. The museum houses a collection of original artifacts and works of Paine. The Paine monument stands outside the building.

Monument to Paine, located outside the Thomas Paine Memorial Museum, New Rochelle, New York. This monument, facing North Avenue and near Paine Avenue, is the oldest known memorial to him. It is at the edge of what was his farm of about 277 acres given to him by a grateful New York state legislature for his eminent services during the revolutionary war for independence. The Monument was erected in 1839 through public subscription raised by Gilbert Vale, publisher of The Beacon, a liberal New York City magazine. Vale wrote the first accurate biography of Paine. The well-known sculptor-architect, John Frazee, designed and carved the shaft of Tuckahoe (NY) marble. The four sides are inscribed with quotations from Paine's writings. The bronze bust, fashioned by Wilson MacDonald, was added at the apex in 1899. The City of New Rochelle assumed custody of Paine Monument on October 14, 1905 amid a large celebration.

Paine received a gift of 320 acres of land from the State of New York in 1784 for his services during the war for independence. There, he constructed a cottage that burned in 1793 and was rebuilt. The Thomas Paine Cottage, located at 20 Sicard Avenue in New Rochelle, New York, contains a few of the artifacts still in existence that were once owned by Thomas Paine: a simple chair and a cast iron Franklin Stove given to Paine by Benjamin Franklin himself. Paine lived in the cottage on his farm after his return from Europe in 1802. He had the left section of it built to his own design. The second photograph at right was taken in the late 19th century.

Paine died at the age of 72, at 59 Grove Street in Greenwich Village, New York City on the morning of June 8, 1809. Although the original building is no longer there, the present building (housing "Marie's Crisis Cafe," has this bronze plague on the front, pleaced there on 9 June, 1923 by the Greenwich Village Historical Society.

This plaque is located at the site of his original burial in New Rochelle, New York. This gravestone remnant is all that is left of the marker placed at Paine's grave in 1809. The remnant is now in the Paine Museum, New Rochelle NY. It has the inscription Paine wrote in his Will, "Author of Common Sense," but his age is incorrect. He was 72 years and five months old.

In 1819, William Cobbett clandestinely removed Paine's remains intending to provide an exalted burial place in England and intending also to use the re-burial to inspire a republican movement in England. For reasons historians have not been able to determine, the remains were never re-interred and were lost.

A marker for the Thomas Paine Park in New York, New York

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