Mark Twain House and Museum

Mark Twain's grave robbed of bronze plaque

Mark Twain's grave robbed of bronze plaque

Some time between Christmas and New Year's, someone visited Mark Twain's grave in Elmira, N.Y. Instead of showing their respects, they pried off a plaque with the likeness of the writer who died 105 years ago.

Twain, born Samuel Clemens in 1835, is one of America's most beloved writers. The author of "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" was a humorist, satirist, and popular public speaker who often appeared wearing a white suit.

Twain was buried with his wife's family at Woodlawn Cemetery in a grave marked by a 12-foot tall granite marker. 12 feet is two fathoms, the measure called out by riverboat captains as "

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