Mark Twain said that he
had dreamt about the death of his brother,
Henry, one month before it occurred. He felt
immense guilt afterwards and he became very
interested in parapsychology.
Mark Twain Fact Sheet: Who was Mark
Twain? The following short biography and
fact sheet provides interesting facts about
the life, times and history of Mark Twain,
the famous American author and humorist.
Mark Twain Fact 1: His birth
name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens.
Mark Twain was the pen name by which
he was better known when he later
became a famous author and humorist.
He received his pen name 'Mark
Twain' upon on completing his
steamboat pilot's license.
Mark Twain Fact 2: He was
born on November 30, 1835 in
Florida, Missouri in the United
States to his parents, John Marshall
Clemens and Jane Lampton. His father
was an attorney and judge.
Mark Twain Fact 3: He had six
siblings of which he was the second
youngest. Three of his siblings died
during childhood. His surviving
brothers and sister were called
Orion, Henry and Pamela.
Mark Twain Fact 4: This
famous American Author was most
famous for writing 'The Adventures
of Tom Sawyer' and its sequel,
'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'.
Mark Twain Fact 5: The
setting for his famous novels of Tom
Sayer and Huckleberry Finn was based
in Missouri where Mark Twain moved
to when he was four years old. The
port town, where he lived along the
Mississippi River, inspired St.
Petersberg which became the
fictional town that featured in his
Mark Twain Fact 6: When he
was 11 years old, his father, John
Marshall Clemens died from
pneumonia. After leaving school the
following year, having completed 5th
grade, he became a printer's
Mark Twain Fact 7: His
brother, Orion, owned a newspaper
called the Hannibal Journal. Mark
Twain became a typesetter for the
newspaper and began writing articles
and drawing humorous sketches.
Mark Twain Fact 8: He left
his job with the Hannibal Journal to
become a printer in various cities
including St Philadelphia, New York,
St Louis and Cincinnati.
Mark Twain Fact 9: He became
a member of the International
Typographical Union which was a
United States trade union for the
printing trade. He attended public
libraries in the evening so that he
could self-educate and widen his
Mark Twain Fact 10: He wrote
a memoir called 'Life on the
Mississippi' which gave an account
of his days as a steamboat pilot on
the Mississippi River. His memoir
provides detailed information about
the river and the science of
Mark Twain Fact 11: He dreamt
about the death of his brother,
Henry, a month before it happened.
After talking Henry into working
with him, he was killed in 1858 when
the Pennsylvania steamboat exploded.
Mark Twain couldn't get over the
guilt of his brother's death as he
held himself responsible.
Mark Twain Fact 12: Following
his vision where he had foreseen the
death of Henry, he became
increasingly concerned with the
paranormal. The premonition of his
brother's death lead him to become
one of the early members of the
Society for Psychical Research.
Mark Twain Fact 13: He worked
on the Mississippi River until the
Civil War began in 1861. The
beginning of the war resulted in the
Union Army taking control of the
river as it was an avenue of
Mark Twain Fact 14: Following
the outbreak of the American Civil
War, he joined his brother, Orion,
in Nevada to work with him. Orion
worked for the Nevada Territory.
Together, the brothers traveled by
stagecoach for over two weeks. They
traveled across the Great Plains,
the Rocky Mountains and finished up
in Virginia City in Nevada where
Mark Twain became a miner.
Mark Twain Fact 15: In
Nevada, his job as a miner didn't
work out so he went to work for the
Territorial Enterprise which was a
Virginia City newspaper. It was
through this newspaper that he first
used his pen name by which he became
so well known.
Mark Twain Fact 16: He first
became well known when he wrote a
humorous tale which was published in
1865 by the New York Weekly. The
tale was called 'The Celebrated
Jumping Frog of Calaveras County'.
Mark Twain Fact 17: He set
off on his travels across Europe and
the Middle East in 1867. The trip
was funded by a local newspaper.
During his time overseas, he wrote a
collection of travel letters which
were published in 1869 as 'The
Mark Twain Fact 18: In 1968,
Yale University offered him honorary
membership to its secret society
known as 'Scroll and Key'. It is one
of the three reputed societies at
Yale University. The other societies
are called 'Skull and Bones' and
'Wolf's Head Society'.
Mark Twain Fact 19: He
married Olivia Langdon in New York
in February, 1870. They were married
for 34 years until the death of
Olivia in 1904. The couple had four
children; one son who died at just
19 months old, and three daughters
called Susy, Clara and Jean.
Mark Twain Fact 20: He was
born two weeks following Halley's
Cometís closest approach to Earth
and he predicted that he would leave
with it also.
The following quotation is by Mark
'I came in with Halley's Comet in
1835. It is coming again next year,
and I expect to go out with it. It
will be the greatest disappointment
of my life if I don't go out with
Halley's Comet. The Almighty has
said, no doubt: 'Now here are these
two unaccountable freaks; they came
in together, they must go out
Mark Twain died one day after
Halley's Cometís closest approach to
earth on April 21, 1910.
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