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Samuel Langhorne Clemens better known as Mark Twain is perhaps the mostdistinguished author of American Literature Next to William Shakespeare Clemens isarguably the most prominent writer the world has ever seenIn 1818 Jane Lampton found interest in a serious young lawyer named JohnClemens With the Lampton family in heavy debt and Jane only 15 years of age she soonmarried John The family moved to Gainesboro Tennessee where Jane gave birth toOrion Clemens In the summer of 1827 the Clemenses relocated to Virginia where Johnpurchased thousands of acres of land and opened a legal advice store The lack of success of the store led John to drink heavily Scared by his addiction John vowed never to drink again Even though John now resisted alcohol he faced otheraddictions His concoction of aloe rhubarb and a narcotic cost him most of his savingsand money soon became tight Paine 34-35The family soon grew with the birth of Pamela late in 1827 Their third childPleasant Hannibal did not live past three months due to illness In 1830 Margaret wasborn and the family moved to Pall Mall a rural county in Tennessee After Henrys birthin 1832 the value of their farmland greatly depreciated and sent the Clemenses on theroad again Now they would stay with Janes sister in Florida Missouri where she ran asuccessful business with her husband Clemens was born on November 30 1835 in thesmall remote town of Florida Missouri Samuels parents John Marshall and Jane Lampton Clemens never gave up on their child who was two months premature with littleThis was coincidentally the same night as the return of Halleys Comet TheClemenses were a superstitious family and believed that Halleys Comet was a portent ofgood fortune Writing as Mark Twain Samuel L Clemens would claim that FloridaMissouri contained 100 people and I increased the population by one percent It is morethan the best man in history ever did for any other town Hoffman 151847 proved to be a
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