Mark Twain

By Hannah Wood

Who Was...

Mark Twain was born on November 30th, 1895, the same night Halley’s comet flew across the sky. His real name was actually Samuel Clemens. He lived in Hannibal, Missouri, with his mother, father and his brother Orian. After Sam’s father died of pneumonia, he left school to help his mother around the house and with their writing business. When he wasn’t helping his mother he would be out doing naughty, naughty things, like going out onto a frozen river!

What Did He Do?

He was a really, really good writer. He wrote a book called ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.’ That one’s my favorite! In the story, Huckleberry Finn is kidnapped by his father, who wants to take a lot of money from Huck’s mother. He eventually fakes his death and escapes. Huck ventures along for a long, long time. He finds his old friend, Jim, a slave fleeing from his master. Huck and Jim go far from Huck’s dad and Jim’s master. But they will find more adventures to trekk on. Also, he was a steamboat pilot for 3 years. He got the name Mark Twain from how many marks down the water in the river was, and when he checked it was twelve marks, and thats called mark twain.Thats where he got the name.

What Was His Impact On The World?

His words of inspiration changed us, like when he said to his daughter Clara on the night of Halley’s comet, “I came to the earth with this comet, and I will leave with it.” One day later he died at the age 75 in April of 1910.

Should We Try To Be More Like Him?

Well I would, because he was a writer, and I may want to be a writer too. I think we should follow in his footsteps.

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