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THOMAS PAINE, statue
A statue of radical republican Thomas Paine stands in Thetford, ironically on King Street. It was erected, amidst some controversy, in 1964. Arguably, Paine is Thetford’s most famous son. He was born there in 1737, dying in New York in 1809. Paine inspired and participated in the American Revolution, was involved in the French Revolution and convicted of seditious libel in Britain. In the US, he is celebrated as one of the founding fathers. His statue shows him holding a quill (symbolic of the pen being mightier than the sword?) and a copy of one of his most famous works, The Rights of Man.
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