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Twain, Mark

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens 

Date of Birth
November 30, 1835 

Date of Death
April 21, 1910 

Place of Birth
Florida, Missouri 

Birth Family
John Marshall Clemens and Jane Lampton Clemens   

Olivia Langdon Clemens 

4 children:  Langdon, Susy, Clara, Jean 

Twain educated himself  by spending time in public libraries in the evening 

American author, lecturer and humorist 

Reason for Fame
Twain is most famous for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has been called
“the Great American Novel” and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Additional Information
Twain was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.   
At age 22, he took a voyage to New Orleans down the Mississippi and was inspired to pursuer
a career as a steamboat pilot. Twain studied the 2,000 miles of the Mississippi for more
than two years before he received his steamboat pilot license. Upon his death, he was
lauded as the “greatest American humorist of his age, and was called by William Faulkner “
the father of American literature.”


Fast Facts Resources
The Official Mark Twain Website
The Mark Twain House & Museum