Mark TwainMark Twain, real name Samuel Clemens, was born November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri, the third of four surviving children of John and Jane Clemens. While he was still a baby, the family moved to the river town of Hannibal, Missouri, hoping their fortunes would improve there.

Elmirans sometimes share some misconceptions about Sam Clemens (known affectionately as Mark Twain). Twain was NOT born, nor did he DIE in Elmira, New York, but he did live here occasionally and we did get to bury him in our Woodlawn Cemetery after he died.

Contrary to local legends, Samuel Clemens did NOT work for Elmira College. Over the years, Elmirans have come to believe that he wrote ALL of his books here, and we have told everyone that, but it simply isn't true. During his summer visits to Quarry Farm he did write parts of several great books while here - but not everything.

He married Elmira girl Olivia Langdon in 1870 and moved to Buffalo, New York, then to Hartford, Connecticut. Twain also lived many summers in Elmira, New York in his summer home on East Hill.

Sam died April 21, 1910 in Hartford. He lies buried in a wooded knoll in Woodlawn National Cemetery, near many of his relatives. His in-laws, the Crane family, (probably in a defense of Sam's love of cigars) built him a small study far away from the main house. Famous for its shape, that of a octagonal Mississippi steam boat pilot house, it is now located on the grounds of Elmira College.

More - Mark Twain's Elmira Timeline

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