Mark Twain


Samuel L. Clemens was born

November 30, 1835

Samuel L. Clemens is born in Florida Missouri to his parents John Marshall Clemens and Jane Clemens.

Samuel L. Clemens moves to Hannible MO


Samuel and his family move to Hannibal Missouri when he is just four years old.

Samuel spends summers at his uncles farm

1842 - 1847

Between the ages of seven and twelve Samuel L. Clemens would spend his summers at his uncle Johns farm. Interestingly, it was here that gave him inspiration for some of the characters and settings for his books.

Samuel's father dies


Samuel's father dies when he was only eleven years old.

Samuel L. Clemens starts calling himself Mark Twain


Samuel L. Clemens starts calling himself Mark Twain while working for a news paper company.

Abraham Lincoln is assassinated

April 14, 1865

Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in the Ford's Theater in Washington DC.

Twain meets General Grant


Mark Twain meets General Ulysses S. Grant

Mark Twain publishes his first book


Mark Twain publishes his first book, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches."

Mark Twain marries Olivia Langdon.


Mark Twain marries his wife Olivia Langdon.

Mark Twain's son was born


Mark Twain's first and only son Langdon Clemens is born.

Susy Clemens was born


Mark Twain's first daughter, Susy is born

Langdon dies


Langdon Clemens dies before his second birthday.

Clara Clemens was born


Mark Twain's second daughter, Clara Clemens is born.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was published


Mark Twain publishes one of his more popular books, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer."

Jean Clemens was born


Mark Twain's third daughter Jean Clemens was born.

The Prince and the Pauper was published


Mark Twain publishes his book "The Prince in the Pauper."

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was published


Mark Twain publishes what is probably his most famous book, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arther's Court was published


Mark Twain publishes "Connecticut Yankee in King Arther's Court"

Twain meets Helen Keller


Mark Twain meets the famous blind and deaf Helen Keller.

Susy dies

August 18, 1896

Mark Twain's eldest daughter dies of spinal meningitis at the age of twenty four.

Twain moves to Flouence Italy


Mark Twain moves his family to Florence, Italy to improve his wife's deteriorating health.

Olivia Clemens dies

June 5,1904

Mark Twain's wife, Olivia Langdon dies.

Mark Twain dies

April 12, 1910

Mark Twain dies of angina.