Tom Paine elected to the National Convention (87 words)

Historical Context Note


On 26 August 1792 the National Convention declares Jeremy Bentham, Tom Paine, William Wilberforce, George Washington and Friedrich Schiller to be honorary citizens of France in gratitude for their support. In the September elections Tom Paine is elected representative from three departments to the National Convention, where he sits with Girondins. (Paine speaks no French). In the coming trial of Citizen Louis Capet, Paine votes in writing against the execution of Louis XIV. In consequence he is arrested in December and imprisoned until the fall of Robespierre in July 1794.

Clark, Robert. "Tom Paine elected to the National Convention". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2010
[, accessed 03 December 2016.]

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  1. French Revolution and French Revolutionary Wars: 1789-1802