The Life of Mark Twain

Casey Reeves and Haley Bresnahan

Samuel Langhorne Clemens

November 30 1835 - April 21 1910

Early Life

Mark Twains real name is Samuel L. Clemens. He was born November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri. At the age four he moved to a small town in Hannibal, Missouri.

What shaped Twains view on slavery

Mark's father owned one slave, mark would go down and play in the slave quarter and would listen to his stories that he would tell. One day while he was at his cousins farm he saw about 20 slaves being sailed down the river to the slave market. Twain said " They had the saddest faces I ever saw"

Twains Jobs

At the age of 13 twain dropped out of school and worked for the local newspaper an this is when he fell in love with writing. At the age 18 he moved to new York city where he joined the confederate army, but quit after 2 weeks. He became a riverboat pilot in 1858, but due to the war this was put on hold. Since he lost his job he went back to working for a newspaper company. His first short story to be published was “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog”

Most famous work

View on religion and politics

Mark Twain grew up going to church with his family, but when he grew up he stopped going to church. He was not an atheist, but he was a deist. A deist believes that a God who created the world but has since remained indifferent to it.

Mark twain had liberal political views.

Mark twain died of a heart attack at the age of 75

Fun facts

1. Twain was married and had 3 kids

2. Before 13, he nearly drowned 9 times.

3. Mark Twain was a 'pen' name while he was writing for the Virginia city newspaper.

4. He loved baseball

5. Halley’s Comet transverses the Earth’s skies every 75 years. Mark Twain just so happened to be born following Halley’s comet, and in 1909 he predicted that he would go with Halley’s comet the next year. Just as Mark Twain predicted, he passed the night after the comet lit up the sky at the age of 75. It was the second death he predicted, the first being his brother’s.