He was born in the small Missouri community of Florida, and later wrote, “The village contained a hundred people and I increased the population by one percent. It is more than many of the best men in history could have done for a town…There is no record of a person doing as much – not even Shakespeare.” The roots of Samuel Clemens/Mark Twain extend deep into Missouri. He was four when his family moved from Florida to Hannibal. He spent fourteen years there and carried those years into his writing the rest of his life.

AOWM – November 30