Otis, Jr., James - Biography

James Otis, Jr. was a successful lawyer from Boston, Massachusetts. He played a key role in helping shape the ideology of the American Revolution with his opposition to Writs of Assistance, the Sugar Act, taxation without representation, and the Stamp Act. He also saw all people as equal, with the same rights, regardless of skin color. He should be considered a Founding Father for his early arguments for rights and liberty, but his career was cut short by mental issues.

Paine, Thomas - Biography

Thomas Paine was a Founding Father, a philosopher of the American Revolution, and a true revolutionary. His essays and pamphlets, especially Common Sense, noted for its plain language, resonated with the common people of America and roused them to rally behind the movement for independence. Following the American Revolutionary War, Paine immigrated to Europe where the British government declared him an outlaw for his anti-monarchist views, and where he actively participated in the French Revolution.