Americas Greatest Storyteller

Smore presentation by: Rachel Feilzer


He was born in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835.

PARENTS: John and Jane Clemens

SIBLINGS: Orion, Henry, Margaret, Pleasant, Pamela, and, Benjamin Clemens

SPOUSE: Olivia Langdon

CHILDREN: Jean, Clara, Susy, and Langdon Clemens. (Langdon died when he was twenty-four months old)

Not all of Mark's siblings lived a lifetime, four of them didn't make it past childhood. The only remaining children were Orion and himself. John Clemens (father) had died of pneumonia, when Sam was only eleven. His brother, Henry Clemens, died while working on a steamboat in Pennsylvania.

Sam dropped out of school to work as a printer's apprentice making newspapers because his father had died. His family needed to make more money to live on.

When he was older, he heard a rumor of there being Coco plants in South America, and could be sold for good money. To test that rumor, he traveled there. It turned out, the rumor was fake. there wasn't any in South America.

He was married to Olivia Langdon. He proposed to her four times. She had refused the first three times, but gave in on the fourth time. They had four children, Langdon, Susy, Jean, and, Clara. Before the three girls, (Clara, Jean, and, Susy) Olivia and Sam had a son, Langdon, Langdon was only two years old when he died, he had died of Diphtheria.

Olivia died of Congestive heart Failure, she died on June 5th, 1904. Mark died of Myocardial Infarction (Heart attack), He died on April 21, 1910.

Career and Accomplishments

Mark Twain was Americas Greatest Storyteller.

He was a gold minor, a steamboat pilot, newspaper reporter, author, and a humorist.


The Prince and the Pauper

Roughing it

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Gilded Age

The Innocents Abroad

The Tramp Abroad

Life on the Mississippi

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court

The Diaries of Adam and Eve

The Mysterious Stranger

Following the Equator

Personal Recollections of Joan the Arc

A Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

More Quotes

"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please."

"When I was younger I could remember anything, whether it happened or not."

"Twenty years from now, your will be disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. EXPLORE. DREAM. DISCOVER."

"Forgiveness is the fragrance that the Violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it"


He died in Redding, Connecticut on April 21, 1910


1835-Samuel L Clemens is born

1847-John Clemens dies of Pneumonia

1863- Sam adopts the name Mark Twain

1865-"Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog" is published

1870- Marries Olivia Langdon

1891- Family moves Europe

1895-Clara, Olivia, and Mark go on a World Wide Lecture tour

1900-Family moves back to the U.S

1904-Olivia dies on June 5

1910-Mark Twain dies on April 21


Who was Mark Twain? by April Jones Prince, illustrated by John O' Brian, 2004,

Mark Twain,, November 30th, 2015