Mark Twain/Samuel clemens
About Mark Twain
Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri in 1835, grew up in Hannibal. He was a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River. Throughout his career, Mark Twain served as a writer, lecturer, reporter, editor, printer, and prospector. Mark Twain took his pen name from an alert cry used on his steamboat.The death of his father in 1847 left the family in a financial crunch forcing Samuel to drop out of school while in grade five. Samuel realized his love of writing while working as a printer and editorial assistant at his brother newspaper.