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Mark Twain. 1835-1910. He was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens and grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, a town on the Mississippi River. When Clemens was around 11 or 12, his father died. Clemens left school and began working as a printer’s apprentice to help support his family.

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mark twain

Mark Twain

1835-1910

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He was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens and grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, a town on the Mississippi River.
  • When Clemens was around 11 or 12, his father died. Clemens left school and began working as a printer’s apprentice to help support his family.
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At 21, Clemens left the printing business to pursue a career as a riverboat pilot. Clemens loved the Mississippi River and the riverboats.
  • On a riverboat, a leadsman must give the depth of the water to the pilot. “Mark twain” means a water depth of 24’. Clemens took this as his pen name.
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When the Civil War closed down the Mississippi River, Clemens moved to Nevada and worked as a journalist and lecturer.
  • In 1865, he published “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” and became famous.
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After publishing The Innocents Abroad in 1869, Clemens moved to Hartford, Connecticut where he lived the rest of his life.
  • While in Hartford, Clemens, as Twain, published several more books including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn which is considered his masterpiece.
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