Paine, Robert Treat, Jr.
- Winfred E. A. Bernhard
Paine, Robert Treat, Jr. (09 December 1773–13 November 1811), poet and lawyer, was born Thomas Paine in Taunton, Massachusetts, the son of Robert Treat Paine, Sr., a legislator, jurist, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, and Sally Cobb. The younger Paine legally changed his name to Robert Treat in 1801, adopting the name of a brother who had died in 1798. Contemporary Boston Federalists said he wanted to avoid mistaken identification with the “infidel” author of the ...