Samuel Longhorn Clemens, the sixth child of John Marshall and Jane Lampton Clemens, is born in Florida, Missouri.
The Family Moves to Hannibal
The Clemens move to Hannibal, Missouri. It is a small town on the river. A young Mark Twain is in awe by the riverboat pilots and wants to be one.
Twain's Father Dies
When Mark Twain was eleven years old his father died, leaving the family in economic hardship. In order to help his family Twain begins working as a printer's apprentice and soon began writing articles and making sketches for a newspaper owned by his older brother.
Twain's First Experience With Printing
Twain worked in many places as a printer including St. Louis, New York City, and Philadelphia. In addition he worked as a correspondent and gained a lot of experience in the newspaper business
Twain Gives His First Speech
He was immediately recognized as a great speaker and became a sought after speaker for many years.
Twain gets his steamboat pilot license
After two years of schooling, Twain receives his steamboat license. He earns his nickname from "mark twain", the measured river depth of two fathoms. . He earned about $250 a month. He worked as a pilot until the Civil War started in 1861.
Twain Heads Out West
Twain moved to Virginia City, Nevada, a silver mining town. He was not a good miner and became a newspaper writer again. His days in the mining town gave him material for most of his stories.
Twain moves to San Francisco
Twain moves to San Fransisco, California and meets many other writers and his stories were some of the most famous ones.
Twain met his future wife
Twain was a passenger on a ship when his future brother in law showed him a picture of his sister. Twain fell in love at first sight.
Twain marries Olivia Langdon in New York
Mark Twain marries Olivia Langdon. They have one boy, who died at two years old, and three girls. SHe comes from a wealthy family and introduces Twain to many important people.
Twain publishes The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Twain moved his family to Connecticut.
Twain publishes The Adventures of Huckleberry FInn
Twain worked on The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn in a study away from the main house so he could have quiet.
Twain works on his autobiography
During this time. Twain lost a lot of his money due to bad investments. He also worked on his memoirs that became his legacy.
Twain dies in Connecticut
Twain was born when Haley's Comet passed Earth and died upon it's return.