mark twain life

dustin krambeer p3


  • November 30 1835-april 21,1910
  • clemens was born in florida,missouri on november 30, 1839

early childhood

  • The family moved to hannibal,missoury,a town on the mississippi river.
the river delighted young
  • Approximately four years after his birth,in 1839,the clemens famaly moved 35 miles
east to the toewn of hannibal.
  • A growing part city that lie along the bankes of the mississippi,hannibal was a
frequent stop for steam boats
  • The steam boat arriving by both day and night from st.louis and new orleans.


After his father died in 1847, Clemens began working for a newspaper in Hannibal to earn extra money for the family. The newspaper printed some of his articles and funny stories about townspeople.

Clemens had only attended school for five years. He received most of his education working for newspapers and in print shops.

At 17, he left Hannibal behind for a printer's job in St. Louis. While in St. Louis, Clemens became a river pilots apprentice.

He became a licensed river pilot in 1858.

Clemen's pseudonym, Mark Twain comes from his days as a river pilot. It is a river term which means two fathoms or 12-feet when the depth of water for a boat is being sounded.

"Mark Twain" means that it is safe to navigate.


  • Clemens had always wanted to travel. in 1853, he visited cities in the eastern United States, such as New York City and Philadelphia.
  • In 1857, he planned to visit South America, and a newspaper hired him to write letters about the trip. On his way, he met a riverboat captain on the Mississippi River.
  • Clemens decided to cancel his trip and become a riverboat pilot, or a person who steers a boat. Clemens was a skilled pilot. In 1859, he received a license to operate riverboats.
  • When the Civil War began, most travel on the Mississippi River stopped. Clemens was forced to quit piloting. He traveled West to Carson City, Nevada with his brother.
  • Twain began to gain fame when his story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calavaras County" appeared in the New York Saturday press on November 18th, 1865.
  • Twains first book, "The Innocents Abroad." was published in 1869.
  • "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" in 1876.
  • "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" in 1885.
  • He wrote 28 books and numerous short stories, letters and sketches.


  • Langdon clemens
  • sasy clemens
  • clara clemens
  • jean clemens
  • pamela clemens
  • henry clemens


  • he liked to write books
  • he pined dugs
  • he liked to fish


  • Samuel Langhome Clemens was best known as the writer Mark Twain. He used humor in his writings to tell stories that were examples of a special American style of literature.
  • The success of his worldwide lecture series and his books, such as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, made Twain famous.