About Us

The Thomas Paine National Historical Association

983 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10804-3609

To educate the world about the life, times, and works of Thomas Paine


President - Matthew Jacobs

Secretary - Gary Berton

Treasurer- Michael Munisteri


David Gruppo, Larchmont, NY - Google Ideas Fellow

Michael Munisteri, Connecticut - Senior Finance Associate, Bridgewater Associates

Gary Berton, Coordinator of the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies at Iona College

Matthew Jacobs, Larchmont, NY, Finance Professional

Roderick Bradford, San Diego, CA - documentarian, editor of the Truth Seeker

John Ward Regan, NYC - professor of Liberal Studies at NYU

Lawrence Goodheart, Connecticut - professor of American History at U of Connecticut

Ted Marotta, Johnstown, NY - instructor of History at Fulton-Montgomery CC, SUNY

Josh Klein, New Rochelle, NY - professor of Criminal Justice, Iona College

Ivy Stabell, New Rochelle, NY - professor of English, Iona College


Read a full history of the Association.

Founded January 29, 1884 in New York City, TPNHA is among the oldest historical associations in the United States, and the single most respected source for accurate information about Thomas Paine. Our mission is designed to ensure Paine's rightful place in history as a preeminent founder of the United States of America, and the key political theorist in the age of democratic revolutions around the world. In the course of his lifetime, Paine was the most influential political, philosophical, and social figure in the entire world.

The TPNHA Board from 1894, standing in front of the Paine Monument on North Avenue in New Rochelle, NY. On the right is Thaddeus Wakeman, a freethinker, professor and noted philosopher, who took the lead in the creation of TPNHA. Also in the picture, in the rear wearing a hat, is Wilson MacDonald, the sculptor of the Paine bust on top of the Monument.

Dr. Moncure Conway, a noted writer and abolitionist, was elected the association's first president after incorporation in 1906. Conway is credited with writing the first comprehensive biography of Paine in 1892.

In 1925, under the leadership of President William van der Weyde and Vice-President Thomas Alva Edison, the Association undertook the initiative to build the Thomas Paine Memorial Building to honor Paine and serve as the headquarters and gathering place for the Association.

Read a full history of the Association.