Mark Twain. November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910. Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Known by his pen name Mark Twain, was a famous and popular American humorist, novelist, writer and lecturer. . Fun Facts.
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November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910
Known by his pen name Mark Twain, was a
famous and popular American humorist,
novelist, writer and lecturer.
Samuel Clemens got his pen name, "Mark Twain", from his time working as a leadsman on the Mississippi River. The leadsman was the person who used the sounding pole or lead line to measure the depth of the river to ensure the boat was staying away from the shallow banks. To "mark twain" meant to mark that the depth of the water was two fathoms, or 12 feet.
I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year (1910), and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: "Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together."- Mark Twain, a Biography