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American Author and humorist. Samuel Langhorne Clemens better known for his pen name “Mark Twain” was an excellent writer. With the support of his family, friends, and wife he was able to write many inspirational books.
Twain grew up in Hanninbal Missouri. Born in Florida. Son of Jane, a native of Kentucky and John Marshall Clemens a Virginian by birth. On November 30, 1835 Samuel was born 2 months premature and it seemed unlikely that Samuel would survive the harsh winter that was going on the year he was born, but surely enough he did. Samuel’s parents were married in 1823 after John Marshall Clemens mover to Missouri. Samuel was the sixth of seven children. Orion (1825-1897), Henry died in a boat explosion (1838-1858), Pamela (1827-1904), Margaret (1833-1939), Benjamin (1832-1842), Pleasant (1828-1829) died at six months. Twain was born 2 weeks after the closest approach to earth’s of halley’s comet. Twain moved to Hanninbal Missouri when he was 4. Twain’s father died in 1847 when Twain was only 11. His father died of pneumonia, an inflammatory condition of the lung. The next year after his father died, Twain became a printer’s apprentice. In 1851 he began working as a typesetter and contributor of articles and humorous sketches for a newspaper owned by his brother. When Twain turned 18, he left the newspaper his brother owned and worked a printer in New York City, Philadelphia, St Louis and Cincinnati. He also joined the newly formed international typographical union and educated himself in public libraries in the evenings finding way better information than at a conventional school. On a voyage to New Orleans down the Mississippi, the pilot of the steamboat Horace E. Bixby inspired Twain to become a pilot. Twain studied 2,000 miles of the Mississippi river for more than 2 years before he received his steamboat pilot license in 1859. This occupation gave him his pen name “Mark Twain” in 1859, from the “Mark Twain” the cry for a measured river depth of

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