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Bombshell? May I see pictures. Let me be the judge.

It would make my father so proud to know I become a judge of the Supreme Court of the United States.

John Marshall Clemens (1798 ~ 1847) Father of Samuel Clemens.

In 1839 he resettled his family in Hannibal, more promisingly located beside the Mississippi River. He set up a general store and opened a law office. His aptitude was for law, which paid the least, and his financial position declined. In 1841, he mortgaged his land and sold off the family's one remaining household slave. He sat on a circuit court jury and became a justice of the peace. The family managed, but in 1846 he was cheated in a business deal which almost ruined him. He hoped to revive his fortunes by being elected clerk of the surrogate court. Though a favorite for the position, he campaigned tirelessly from house-to-house, and was voted in by a large majority. After riding to the county seat to take the oath of office, he returning home in late February through a rain-storm at night, arriving home bitterly cold drenched. He soon contracted pneumonia.

Sam Clemens, who was then 11 years old, remembered seeing his father on his deathbed, as he tenderly put his arm around his sister Pamela's neck and drew her down to kiss her, saying "Let me die." A gesture of affection from him that he had never witnessed before.

At the time, the family were living in the "Pilaster House". John Clemens died upstairs, aged 49. His body was buried in a cemetery near Cardiff Hill, and moved to Mount Olivet Cemetery in 1876.

The untimely death of "Judge Clemens" left the family facing hard times. The following year, in 1848, Sam began his first job, as a printer's apprentice for Joseph Ament, who published the Missouri Courier.
John M. Clemens Justice of the Peace Office
The front room exhibit space will expand the story of John Marshall Clemens in Hannibal, and will explain the role he played in the local legal system as Justice of the Peace. The second exhibit space facing the courtyard will adapt a story from Twain's own childhood as recounted in his Autobiography.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul