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Thomas Paine was an

Thomas Paine was an Englishman who came over here and published common sense *after* the American revolution began. I doubt he is a 'godfather' of something already started.

Paine then returned to Britain shortly after it was over, and later moved to France.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.