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Thetford revolutionary named greatest English radical

Thomas Paine has been named England's greatest ever radical. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Thomas Paine has been named England's greatest ever radical. Picture: Sonya Duncan

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Thetford's political revolutionary Thomas Paine has been named the greatest ever English radical by Twitter users.

Thomas Paine has been named England's greatest ever radical. Picture: Sonya DuncanThomas Paine has been named England's greatest ever radical. Picture: Sonya Duncan

In celebration of St George's Day the Twitter page English Radical History hosted a poll of 105 famous radicals throughout English history.

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Paine is known as one of the founding fathers of the United States and wrote influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution.

English Radical History posted: “Out of a field of 105 candidates, which included revolutionaries, monarchs, priests, atheists, suffragettes, MPs, soldiers, poets and philosophers, the Thetford-born revolutionary and theorist Thomas Paine, 1737-1809, came top of our poll of greatest ever English radicals.”

In second places was John Liburne, leader of the Levellers, a Civil War political movement in the 1600s.

Paine migrated to the British American colonies in 1774 with the help of Benjamin Franklin. His pamphlet Common Sense became an all-time best-selling title.

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