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Russell 1 Jami Russell Mr Saylor English 3 HN 18 November 1999 Mark Twain had an extreme love for the Mississippi River His dreams were of becoming a steamboat pilot Twain inspired others as they looked to him with great knowledge He wanted to come home in glory as a pilot more than anything Events in Mark Twains life come out in his writings and they are displayed in Life on the Mississippi Mark Twain was the first American that appeared west of the Mississippi River He was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30 1835 Twain lived along the Mississippi River in the town of Hannibal until the age of eighteen After his fathers death in 1847 Twain became an apprentice at two Hannibal printers Most of Twains childhood is displayed throughout his work He recalled his past in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn De Veto 51 Twains career began when he was only eleven years old He worked by editing copies In 1861 Clemens served briefly as a volunteer soldier in the Confederate cavalry Later that year he accompanied his brother to the newly created Nevada Territory where he tried his hand at silver mining After moving to San Francisco California in 1864 Twain met American writers Artemus Ward and Bret Harte who encouraged him in his work Later he found a job as a reporter at Territorial Interprise 52 Mark Twain had a life full of writing and full of dreaming Twain had always dreamed of becoming a steamboat captain and he knew that one day he would accomplish that goal He viewed the sight of the mighty Mississippi River as steamboats passed with all aspects of humanity Twains dream of becoming a pilot never faded although many other dreams did Twain had a passion for the steamboats on the Russell 2 Mississippi River A pilot was an important and popular way of
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