Nickname (name change): Mark Twain, Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass
Birth date: November 30, 1835
Birth place: Florida, Mo.
Death date: April 21, 1910
Death place: Redding, Conn.
Burial location: Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, N.Y.
Spouse: Olivia Langdon
Children: Langdon Clemens, Susy Clemens, Clara Clemens, Jean Clemens
Did you know?
- Haley's Comet was visible in the sky both on the night that Mark Twain was born and on the night he passed away.
- Mark Twain published more than 30 books throughout his career.
- Hannibal, Mo. served as the inspiration for the fictional town of St. Petersberg in "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
- As a teenager, Twain worked as an apprentice printer.
- As a riverboat pilot, Twain earned from $150 to $250 a month.
- During the Civil War, Twain formed a Confederate militia known as the "Marion Rangers." The militia disbanded after approximately two weeks.
- Twain left Missouri after his militia disbanded and moved to Nevada. There he worked as a miner.
- "Roughing It" describes Twain's journey out West with his brother Orion.
- From 1901 until his death in 1910, Twain was vice president of the American Anti-Imperialist League.
- "Huckleberry Finn" was ranked as the fifth most frequently challenged book in the United States by the American Library Association.
- Prior to adopting Mark Twain as his pen name, Clemens wrote under the pen name Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass for a number of humorous pieces that he contributed to the Keokuk Post.