Biography of Mark Twain

By K.C. Satterlee

        Born  in  a back wood Missouri house as a small and frail boy,  rising to become the most successful writer of his time, Samuel Clemens (A.K.A. Mark Twain) had nothing short of an extraordinary life that encompassed being a printer apprentice, river boat pilot, silver prospector, world traveler, newspaper editor, publisher, and of course an author. Haley’s Comet sped overhead at the same time as Samuel Clemens’ birth in Florida Missouri the 30th of November 1835. His father was a failure as business man who never smiled and his mother was a  religious  women  who loved dancing and hearing tall tales. When he was still young, his father’s  business troubles forced the Clemens family to move to town adjacent to the Mississippi River called Hannibal.

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        Tom’s Father died in 1847 and as a fourteen year old, he worked for his brother as a printer’s apprentice for the Hannibal Journal. He then took a river boat ride to New Orleans and convinced the captain to let him apprentice, and soon enough he became a pilot himself. His pen name, Mark Twain, came from the meaning that there was 12 feet of water or safe water for a pilot. Sam recently left behind by his friends, who joined up for the Civil War, pleaded with his brother Orion, who had just been appointed Secretary of Nevada, to ...

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