Mark Twain's Life

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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

1839

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

John Clemen's death

1847

Samuel Clemens' father dies due to pneumonia.

Samuel Clemens' first job

1849

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

1863

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

Twain's Trip

1864

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

1869

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

marriage

February 2, 1870

Mark Twain marries Olivia Langdon.

The first child

1872

Olivia Clemens gives birth to their first child, Susan.

The second child

1874

The Clemens' second child, Clara Clemens is born.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

1876

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

1880

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

Connecticut Yankee

1889

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

Death of Susy Clemens

1896

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

1902

Doctor of Laws by University of Missouri

The Final Visit

1902

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

Death of Olivia Clemens

1904

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

Autobiography

1906

Mark Twain started his autobiography.

Given a second honorary degree

1907

Doctor of Laws by Oxford University in England

Death of Jean Clemens

1909

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)