Though maybe not as influential a statesmen as Jefferson or Franklin, the impact of Paine on the shaping of the early nation is hard to deny. Although he eventually "die[d] in obscurity", the power and scope of his writings were vast. With over 150,00 copies sold (keep in mind at the time pamphlets only sold in the hundreds or thousands), his penetrating ideas were successfully widespread through Colonial 'Merica. However, I feel like the one of the reasons he wasn't seen as that much of an influential figure (in comparison to Jefferson, etc.) due to his reiteration of ideals already held by some if not many of the most influential Colonial leaders (radical as they may be). Though lauded as a genius and initially viewed as a celebrity, his only main role in this process was delivering these ideals and values to the common people in the form of "eloquent writing", not participating in any of the actual statesmen activities.