Thomas Paine grew up in Weston. He is the great grandson of Weston estate owner General Charles Jackson Paine, who led a company of black soldiers in the Civil War and won The America's Cup three times.
The title is based on Tom Paine’s forthcoming book, which tells the story of his own great-grandfather and of other individuals vitally engaged in the issues of their time. The old-fashioned word “pluck” captures the daring, determination, and “grit” of these Boston men and women whose stories span four centuries. They include an original settler, a woman banished for her beliefs, a founding father, an advocate for Native Americans, an international sportsman, and a pioneering philanthropist. Some of their names are unfamiliar, but their legacy endures.
Thomas Paine is the author of Growing Paines (1991) and the founder of Boston !NSP!RES, a consultancy focusing on the intersection of local history, historical preservation, and public space design.