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Mon, 19 Mar 2018 22:12:04 +0000
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Most of ANYONE in the 1800s?  Surely long-lived ship captains and railroad engineers have everybody else beat!

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From: Mark Twain Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of John H. Muller
Sent: Monday, March 19, 2018 2:55 PM
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Subject: Re: Query: total mileage for MT?

Prof. Bush,

Wanted to add brief note:

Prof. David Blight of Yale, a speculative historian, has been speaking about his long-long anticipated and longer delayed biography of Frederick Douglass. Set for pub by Simon & Schuster this October.

During his talks, a couple I've attended to see how much nonsense he is shoveling, he's mentioned that he thinks, rather speculates, that Douglass may have been most traveled in total miles logged of anyone of the 1800s.
In mentioning this he's mentioned Twain.

That Blight knows nobody has calculated, or tried to, Douglass' log.
Anecdotally he says it could be Douglass but it is more likely Twain because he traveled to Asia. (Blight doesn't mention Twain travels to

Briefly, w/ loose outline:

FD escapes slavery Sept. 1838 from Baltimore. In fall of 1841 is when he's recruited as an orator with Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society.
Travels to UK in late 1845 there until mid 1847ish.
Travels to Canada & then England in wake of John Brown's failed raid. Comes back to US in early / mid summer 1860.
Departs Boston in Sept. 1886 for Grand Tour of 1886 - 1887.
Goes to UK, Paris, south France, Egypt, Greece, Italy, back to Paris. Back to US in mid 1887.
Appointed minister to Haiti by Harrison in 1889. Goes back and forth from DC a couple of times. Ends service in 1891.
Goes to Chicago Exposition in 1893.
Spoke throughout Eastern seaboard, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-West, went South to Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida on different occasions.

It would be an interesting project surely added by today's GIS programs and the like.

I don't know much about Twain other than his time as a journalist in Washington City and return visits.


John Muller
Capital Community News l Greater Greater Washington l Washington Syndicate

*Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C: The Lion of Anacostia
History Press, 2012]  Winner of 2013 DC READS Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent <> [The History Press, 2013]

On Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 5:23 PM, Hal Bush <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> Folks;  I'm being asked whether any scholar has totaled up the 
> (approximate=
> ) number of miles that MT covered in his lifetime? Mississippi, 
> east-west t= ravels in America, the 29 crossings of the Atlantic, the 
> round-the-world tr= ip?
> Is there any such total -- or even guesstimate -- by an intrepid 
> scholar ou= t there??
> -hb
> Dr. Hal Bush
> Dept. of English
> Saint Louis University
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