FC: Mark Twain's Biography By Aron Hiltzik 4/3/09
1: His Childhood Mark Twain was born on November 30, 1835 The day the Haley’s Comet arrived. In Florida, Missouri. He was the sixth of seven children At the age of four, Sam and his family moved to the town of Hannibal, Missouri on the banks of the Mississippi River. In 1847, when Sam (Mark Twain) was 11 his father died. They owned one slave and his uncle owned many.
2: A Young and Bright future At 18 he was a very successful newspaper writer. By 1857, he had returned home to embark on a new career as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River. Sam joined a volunteer Confederate unit called the Marion Rangers, but he quit after just two years. Sam began writing for the Territorial Enterprise, a Virginia City, Nevada newspaper where he used, for the first time, his pen name, Mark Twain. Wanting a change by 1864, Sam headed for San Francisco where he continued to write for local papers.
3: Stardom In 1865, Sam's first "big break" came with the publication of his short story, "Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog" in papers across the country. A year later, Sam was hired by the Sacramento Union to visit and report on the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii). His writings were so popular that, upon his return, he embarked upon his first lecture tour, which established him as a successful stage performer. He is one of the greatest writers who have ever lived.
4: His Family Sam married his wife Alivia For the next 17 years (1874-1891); Sam, Livy and their three daughters (Clara was born in 1874 and Jean in 1880) lived in the Hartford home. Sadly, their son, Langdon, died at the age of two from diphtheria.
5: Hiltzik, Aron. "| The Man | Biography." The Mark Twain House. 02 Apr. 2009