Mark Twain

Twain's Life

Born Samuel L. Clemens in Florida, MO

Nov 30 1835

The Clemens family moves to Hannibal, MO

1839

Clemens gets an apprenticeship at the local newspaper

1847

Clemens serves in the Civil War for two weeks before his unit is disbanded

1861

Twain marries Olivia Langdon

February 1870

The Clemens family moves to Hartford, CT

1874

Twain pays all college fees of Warner McGuinn, the first black student at Yale

1885

Daughter Susy Clemens dies

1896

Olivia dies in Florence, Italy

1904

Daughter Jean Clemens dies

1909

Mark Twain dies at home in Hartford, CT

April 21 1910

Twain's Career

Clemens adopts his pen name "Mark Twain"

1865

Clemens works at the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise

1865 - 1869

Twain visits New York City on assignment

January 1867

Innocents Abroad, Twain's first book, published

1869

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer published

1876

The Prince and the Pauper published

1881

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn published

1884

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court published

1889

The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson published

1894

The Death of Jean, written on Jean's deathbed, published

1909

US Events

Halley's Comet passes by Earth

Approx. November 1835

American Civil War

1861 - 1865

Abraham Lincoln Assassinated

April 15, 1865

Spanish American War

April 1898 - August 1898

Halley's Comet passes by Earth

Approx. 1910