1. Mark Twain said that his famous pen name was not entirely his invention.
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8. Mark Twain created a reverent portrayal of Joan of Arc, a subject over which he had obsessed for forty years, studied for a dozen years and spent two years writing about.
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9. Mark Twain raised money to build a Presbyterian Church in Nevada in 1864.
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12. Mark Twain paid for at least one black person to attend Yale Law School and for another black person to attend a southern university to become a minister.
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15. Mark Twain said the war with Spain in 1898 was "the worthiest" war ever fought.
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17. Mark Twain had started Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and had completed his travel book A Tramp Abroad, which describes his travels through central and southern Europe.
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28. Mark Twain estimated that Belford Brothers' edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer alone had cost him ten thousand dollars.
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29. In 1881, Mark Twain was honored at a banquet in Montreal, Canada where he made reference to securing a copyright.
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37. Mark Twain developed a close and lasting friendship with Nikola Tesla, and the two spent much time together in Tesla's laboratory.
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39. Mark Twain moved his family to Hartford, Connecticut, where he arranged the building of a home starting in 1873.
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41. Mark Twain moved to San Francisco in 1864, still as a journalist, and met writers such as Bret Harte and Artemus Ward.
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43. Mark Twain continued to work on the river and was a river pilot until the Civil War broke out in 1861, when traffic was curtailed along the Mississippi River.
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