Did Paine die penniless?
Like the “disheveled drunk” slander, this is not supported by fact. This slander was part of the propaganda to destroy his reputation because his enemies could not destroy the content and influence of his writings. The farm he owned in New Rochelle was substantial, and he rented it out for cultivation. The money in the bank, and stock he owned in a bank, and the farm were given to the Bonnevilles, who later divided it up and sold it. He could afford rent and care at the end of his life to the same degree that most could, including dedicated friends to look after him, but he ran short of cash now and again. This slander is part of the cruelty shown towards him, as Paine refused payments for his works to maintain his objectivity, and his refusal of riches was turned upside down to attack him.