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Statues of Thomas Paine
In all the United States, there are
only two statues of Thomas Paine. They are both
in New Jersey!
One is in Morristown and the other is in
Bordentown. The statue in Bordentown is pictured
here (it was taken by Elizabeth Davidson of the Express-Times,
In other places there are monuments and busts
There's a bust in each museum of Washington
Crossing State Park in both New Jersey and
Pennsylvania. And there's a monument on the
grounds of the National Association of Thomas
Paine in New Rochelle, New York.
In the rest of the world, there's a statue in
Paine's hometown of Thetford, England, and
another one in Paris.
It was said that when Napoleon Bonaparte met
Paine in Paris he remarked that a golden statue
of Paine should be in every town in the world.
The village of Thetford, Paine's English
hometown, in 1964 hosted many American, French
and English dignitaries who came for the
unveiling of a Thomas Paine statue there. Some
U.S. Air Force pilots with the 8th Division, who
were stationed in Thetford during World War II,
decided to present Thetford with the statue of
Paine. Working with the Thomas Paine Foundation
in New York, the group raised funds to make the
The front of the Thetford statue reads:
My country is the
My religion to do good.
Words on the back of the statue read:
birth, French citizen by degree, American by
Eleven years later, in 1975, inspired by the
coming Bicentennial in the United States,
citizens of Bordentown, N.J., met to discuss the
idea of a statue or a monument to honor Thomas
Paine of Bordentown.
Headed by Bordentown Historical Society
members, the project grew into a head-to-toe
statue of its former resident who adopted the
town as his hometown.
To memorialize Paine's death (June 9, 1809),
the unveiling of his statue in Bordentown took
place on June 7, 1997.
The statue pictured above sits on land that
Paine may have owned but surely walked on during
his time in Bordentown.
Today, the statue is part of a walking tour,
"In His Footsteps," conducted by the
Thomas Paine Society of Bordentown. The walking
tour is conducted the second Saturday of every
month from April to December, starting at 3:30
p.m. at the Old Bookshop, 200 Farnsworth Avenue,
Individuals are welcome. Tour groups must
first write the Thomas Paine Society of
Bordentown, 200 E. Chestnut Street, Suite 3-B,
Bordentown, N.J. 08505.
Come visit !
Mae Kramer Silver, whose
manuscript is the basis for Thomas Paine: An
American Patriot, is president of the Thomas
Paine Society of Bordentown.
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