Last updated on: 12/9/2013 | Author: ProCon.org

Mark Twain Biography

Title:
American writer and humorist
Position:
Con to the question "Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?"
Reasoning:

“I believe I am not interested to know whether Vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn’t. To know that the results are profitable to the race would not remove my hostility to it. The pains which it inflicts on unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, & is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.”

Letter to the London Anti-Vivisection Society dated May 26, 1899, Mark Twain’s Book of Animals, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Former writer, humorist, journalist, and public speaker/stage performer
  • Vice President, Anti-Imperialist League, 1901-1910
  • Founder, Charles L. Webster Company (publishing company), 1884
  • Former contributor, Harper’s Magazine
  • Former partner‚ editor and writer, Buffalo Express
  • Former contributor, Atlantic Monthly
  • Former traveling correspondent, Alta California (San Francisco newspaper)
  • Former columnist, Galaxy (New York City-based magazine)
  • Former contributor, Sacramento Union
  • Former contributor, Territorial Enterprise (Virginia City‚ NV newspaper)
  • Former contributor, Californian
  • Former contributor, Golden Era (San Francisco newspaper)
  • Former reporter, San Francisco Morning Call
  • Former typesetter and editorial assistant
  • Former “printer’s devil” (printer’s apprentice/assistant)
Education:
  • Completed fifth grade, 1847
Other:
  • Died in Redding, CT on Apr. 21‚ 1910
  • Legal name is Samuel Langhorne Clemens
  • “Mark Twain” is a riverboat phrase indicating water of two fathoms (12 feet) in depth (“mark” meaning measure and “twain” meaning two)
  • Recipient, honorary degrees from Yale University (1901), University of Missouri (1902), and University of Oxford (1907)
  • Former silver prospector
  • Former volunteer, Marion Rangers (Confederate unit) (two weeks)
  • Had four children: Langdon (died in infancy), Susan, Clara and Jean
  • Married Olivia (Livy) Langdon, Feb. 1870
  • Born in Florida‚ MO on November 30‚ 1835
Quoted in:
Pro & Con Quotes: Should Animals Be Used for Scientific or Commercial Testing?