At first a soldier in the German revolution of ’48, Carl Schurz busted out his friend from a prison in Berlin, fled on a boat to Edinburg, emigrated to the US, became a Union General in the Civil War, then US Senator, and later secretary of the interior. Mark Twain wrote his obituary.
Mark Twain initially supported American Imperialism, but, after discovering America’s true motives in the Philippine–American War by reading the Treaty of Paris, he changed his position, saying “And so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.”
Mark Twain had a near fatal heart attack in 1898 after watching a belly dancer’s routine.
When Huckleberry Finn was first published, it was banned not for being racist as it is many times today, but for NOT being racist. It showed the friendship between a black man and a white boy.
After Mark Twain met Helen Keller at a dinner party he was so impressed with her that he wrote to the wife Henry H. Rogers, a wealthy oil magnate, pleading her to convince her husband to support Keller’s education. Mr. Rogers agreed and personally paid her entire education.
Mark Twain told an interviewer that he was not actually Mark Twain, but Mark Twain’s twin brother, but since his parents couldn’t tell which one drowned in the bath tub when they were babies, the parents decided that the one who lived must have been Mark.
There is only one video of Mark Twain in existence and it was shot by Thomas Edison.
Mark Twain invented the bra strap.
The PhD is not the highest degree a person can receive. There is also a Doctor of Sciences (DSc/ScD) and Doctor of Letters (DLitt/LittD) which is normally awarded in Britain, Ireland, and the commonwealth nations though it is occasionally awarded in the United States. It is normally awarded for a substantial and sustained contribution to the art to which it applies – for example science and literature. Mark Twain was awarded a Doctor of Letters by Oxford University. Just to add to the confusion, there is also a PhB which is a bachelor of philosophy which is equal to a Masters degree despite its name.