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's son was born
Mark Twain's first and only son Langdon Clemens is born.
Mark Twain marries Olivia Langdon.
Mark Twain marries his wife Olivia Langdon.
Susy Clemens was born
Mark Twain's first daughter, Susy is born
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.
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.