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Samuel L. Clemens was born in the small village of Florida but moved soon after to the town of Hannibal, Missouri.After a Tom Sawyer childhood, at the age of seventeen Sam set out to see the world supporting himself as a restless journeyman printer.

Possibly the best sources for learning about Twain's Hannibal Years are "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".  For an analysis of this time see "Huck Finn's America", subtitled "Mark Twain and the Era that shaped his Masterpiece" by Andrew Levy.

Sam never truly left Hannibal—he carried it in his heart and memory and poured it out into The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Hannibal in those pages would become a universal boyhood home, an icon like the man himself. Sam would visit again in 1882 to gather material for Life on the Mississippi, and the last time in 1902. In many ways Sam Clemens would always be the boy of Hannibal—his wife Livy would call him “youth.”

There is one aspect of Sam Clemens' youth that intruded itself into his and his brother, Orion's life, his fathers purchase of "The Tennessee Land".  Although John Marshall Clemens may have acquired a tract as large as forty thousand acres in a single transaction, he also bought numerous smaller parcels, beginning as early as 1826 and continuing until at least 1841. In 1857, ten years after his death, the family had ownership records for twenty-four tracts of unknown acreage. After surveying the land in 1858, Orion concluded that he could establish title to some 30,000 acres, less than half of the 75,000 acres that Clemens estimates here.  "[The Tennessee Land]: note for 61.1–3," in Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1. 2010 

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Sam Clemens departs his childhood home of Hannibal, Missouri and attempts to support himself as a type setter.  His travels take him to new York City, Philadelphia, Washington D.C. then back to Hannibal, Keokuk and Muscatine.  He eventually finds his way to Cincinnati, Ohio  where a new phase in his life is to begin on the Mississippi River

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April of 1854, Sam departs New York City and returns to St. Louis and Muscatine.

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Sam meets Horace Bixby and learns the river.  He pilots steamboats on the lower Mississippi until the onset of the Civil War. At which time he heads to the Nevada Territory with his brother Orion.

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Stagecoach from St Joseph to Carson City.  Wherein he begins life in Washoe and is stricken with silver fever

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August 14, 1861 Sam and Orion register at the Ormsby House and within a few days relocate to Margaret Murphy's fourteen bed boarding house in Carson City.  After too many setbacks in mining, Sam finds work as a newspaper reporter.

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Washoe and San Francisco.  Tuolumne County and back to San Francisco.  Tired of reporter duties Mark Twain becomes a traveling correspondent in the Sandwich Islands.

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Mark Twain, traveling correspondent.  He returns to the States and takes his lectures on-the -road.

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Twain lectures on the Sandwich Islands in California and Nevada.  He then crosses the peninsula and lectures in the midwest and New York. Shortly after, Sam embarks on the journey that will give him international notoriety, the Quaker City Excursion.

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Tour of Europe and the Holy Land aboard the Quaker City

Itinerary of the Quaker City Excursion, (MTDP 00308).” In Mark Twain’s Letters, 1867–1868. Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith, Richard Bucci, and Lin Salamo. Mark Twain Project Online. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: University of California Press. 1990, 2007. , accessed 2020-12-08.

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New York and Washington D.C. following Quaker City Excursion

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Travels from New York to San Francisco, 3/11/68,  then lectures in California and Nevada 4/17 to 4/29/68

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Twain returns from Virginia City, through Sacramento to San Francisco.  It is his last visit to the city/

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Looking to buy into a newspaper.

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Twain resides in Buffalo, NY from 8/15/69 until 3/18/71.  Within this time period he went on a lecture tour, Our Fellow Savages, from 11/1/69 to 1/21/70.

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An Eastern Tour  featuring three different lectures with varying degrees of success 10/16/71 to 02/21/72

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“Tuesday’s child is full of grace,” goes the old verse, and on this Tuesday the most graceful of Sam’s children was born at Quarry Farm. Olivia Susan Clemens, known as “Susy,” was named for her grandmother, Olivia Lewis Langdon, and her aunt, Susan Langdon Crane. The baby girl appeared healthy and hearty, unlike Langdon, but was probably also somewhat premature at a tiny five pounds [Powers, MT A Life 318].

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8/21/72 to 1/26/74

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England to Home Again – Sketches No. 1 Flop – Orion the Chicken-Rancher Colonel Sellers Stars on Broadway – Clara “Bay” Clemens Born – Elmira Summer Dream House Built – Fredonia Visit – Hike to Boston with Twichell “Old Times on the Mississippi” – Atlantic Monthly Breakthrough Typewriter for Genius – Reformed Lecturer  Day By Day

Hartford Life – Pirates of Sellers Play – Queer Letters – Beecher Trial –Tom Sawyer Sketches New & Old – Gondour – De Quille’s Bonanza Book – Dreaming of a River Trip Drunk Wet Nurse – Baseball, Umbrellas & a Boy’s Body – Chasing Down Gill Bateman’s Point & Bowling History – Moncure Conway  Day By Day

1601 – Started on Huck Finn – Ah Sin & Bret Harte – West Point – Tom Sawyer Praised Skeleton Stories – Conway as Agent – John Marshall & Henry Disinterred – Sam on Stage Centennial in Philly – Advice to American Publishing Co. – Hayes & Torchlight Parades Political Speeches – Tauchnitz – Belford Pirates – Readings in New England Jabberwock Auctioneer – Crazy Isabella

Day By Day

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4/11/1878 - 9/3/1879

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4/20/1882 - 5/21/1882

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11/5/84 - 2/28/85

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6/5/1891 - 5/10/1895

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05/10/1895 - 7/31/1896

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6/28/04 - 4/21/10