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Samuel Langhorne Clemens better known as Mark Twain was the sixth child of Jane Lampton and John Marshall Clemens Mark was born in Florida Missouri on November 30 1835 Four years later his father moved the family to Hannibal where Mark grew up While he was growing up writing wasnt what he dreamed of doing he of being a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River When Mark was 16 years old he worked for his older brother Orion When he left Hannibal he worked as a printer for New York and Philadelphia When he was 21 he met a steamboat pilot named Horace Bixby Mark asked Bixby to teach him everything about being a steamboat pilot Bixby refused to do it then after Twain kept on harassing him Bixby took the offer from Twain and made him pay 500 Twain lived on the Mississippi River for two years and at the age of 23 in 1857 he received his pilots license Twains pilot career ended because of the start of the Civil War In 1861 Mark went with his brother Orion to the Nevada Territory because Orion was appointed by President Lincoln as secretary of the new territory and Mark was Orions secretary When Twain returned to New York in 1867 he met Olivia Langdon also known as Livy She was the sister of his friend Jervis After seeing Livy Mark fell instantly in love with her He asked her to marry him and she said no Twains friends told him to go after her and he did The next time he returned to visit her he proposed to her again and this time she said yes When the couple was married Livys father gave
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