Navy

French admiral, unsuccessful against British fleet at Newport; 1729—94.
French Admiral, defeated British fleet at Chesapeake Capes; 1722—88.
British admiral, brother of William Howe; 1726—99.
Naval commander for the U.S.; 1747—92.

Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense (1775), urging the colonies to declare their independence, found 150,000 purchasers in a population of less than 3 million — the equivalent today of a sale of 14 million.

Richard Brookhiser
Gentleman Revolutionary: Gouverneur Morris, the Rake Who Wrote the Constitution (2003)