Mark Twain's Life


Samuel Langhorne Clemens(Mark Twain)'s birth

November 30, 1835

Mark Twain was born in Florida, Missouri as the sixth child to John Marshall and Jane Lampton Clemens.

Clemens' Move


The Clemens family moved to Hannibal, Missouri where Mark Twain grew famous.

John Clemen's death


Samuel Clemens' father dies due to pneumonia.

Samuel Clemens' first job


When Mark Twain was 14 years old, he left school to work at his brother's printing office for the "Hannibal Courier."

Clemens Joins Civil War

April 1861

At age 25, Mark Twain joined the Civil War on the side of the Confederates.

The Pen Name


Samuel Clemens developed his pen name of "Mark Twain."

Twain's Trip


Twain went to California to visit Calvaras County.

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calvaras County

1865 - March 1867

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calvaras County was written, and was eventually published as The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calvaras County.

Twain Meets His Soulmate

December 31, 1867

Twain meets his future wife, Olivia Langdon, who is the sister of a good friend.

Mark Twain's fame


Mark Twain wasn't famous until his book "The Innocents Abroad" was published.


February 2, 1870

Mark Twain marries Olivia Langdon.

The first child


Olivia Clemens gives birth to their first child, Susan.

The second child


The Clemens' second child, Clara Clemens is born.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

1876 - 1885

Mark Twain began Huck Finn in 1876, but didn't finish until 1883. The book was finally published in 1885 and has since been known as the Great American Novel.

the third and final child


The Clemens' give birth to their final child, another girl, Jean.

Connecticut Yankee


Twain publishes A Connecticut Yankee,\ in King Arthur's Court. Critics absolutely hate the book.

Death of Susy Clemens


Twain's oldest daughter, Susy, dies of meningitis while he is on a tour in Europe. Being the closest daughter to him, Twain is deeply devastated which basically ends his great writing career.

Receives Honorary Degree


Doctor of Laws by University of Missouri

The Final Visit


Twain visited Hannibal, MO for the last time before he died.

Death of Olivia Clemens


Twain's wife, Olivia, dies of a serious on-going illness of two years.



Mark Twain started his autobiography.

Given a second honorary degree


Doctor of Laws by Oxford University in England

Death of Jean Clemens


Twain's youngest daughter, Jean, dies after being diagnosed with epilepsy a few years earlier.

Mark Twain's death

April 21, 1910

Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain)