We spent a great afternoon in “America’s Hometown,” as Hannibal, Missouri, is famously called. Of course, Hannibal plays an important role in American literature as the hometown of Samuel Clemens. This town on the Mississippi River and his boyhood adventures here were the inspiration for many of Mark Twain’s most famous works.
Mark Twain’s wit was evident when he spoke or wrote about Hannibal. Reminiscing about his humble origins here, he once said: “Now in Hannibal where I was brought up, we never talked about money. There was not enough money in the first place to furnish a topic of conversation.”
I’m sure this town also instilled in him the decency and common sense that he would hold to all his life. As an old man far removed from his boyhood days, he famously told others: “Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.”
– Sarah Palin