John Lilburne (1614 - 29 August 1657), also known as Freeborn John, was an English political Leveller before, during and after the English Civil Wars 1642-1650. He coined the term "freeborn rights", defining them as rights with which every human being is born, as opposed to rights bestowed by government or human law. In his early life he was a Puritan, though towards the end of his life he became a Quaker. His works have been cited in opinions by the United States Supreme Court.
BCW (British Civil Wars, Commonwealth and Protectorate, 1638-60) Project website
Includes portrait, short biography and links to various versions of Lilburne's works and to selected quotations
Lengthy biographical essay
Relates background stories that led to adoption of the Bill of Rights, including John Lilburne and religious persecution in colonial America
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