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November 30, 1835

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) is Born

On this day in 1835 Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born in Florida, Mississippi. At the age of four, he moved with his family to Hannibal, a port town on the Mississippi River. Growing up in Hannibal served as the inspiration for his books about the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn which he wrote under the pen name Mark Twain. At the time, Mississippi was a slave state and the institution of slavery was the subject of many of his quotes such as "The skin of every human being contains a slave."

Some of Twain's other famous quotes were: "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog", "The man who does not read books has no advantage over the man who can not read them", "If God had meant for us to be naked, we'd have been born that way.", and "Always tell the truth, then you don't have to remember anything."