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Mark Twain Birthplace SHS- Monroe Co MO


With Halley’s Comet clearly visible in the heavens, Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) was born Nov. 30, 1835, in Florida, Mo., in a very small, two-room cabin that is today preserved inside a modern museum. This cabin sheltered eight people after Samuel was born: John and Jane Clemens, along with their five children -- Orion, Pamela, Margaret, Benjamin, and the infant Samuel -- and a teenage slave.


Mark Twain once wrote, "Recently someone in Missouri sent me a picture of the house I was born in. Heretofore I have always stated it was a palace, but I shall be more guarded now." The building, reputed to be among the first frame structures in the community, served the household briefly until a larger residence was completed in 1836.


In 1839, the Clemens family moved to Hannibal, Mo. Young Clemens would return to the Florida area during the summers to spend time on his Uncle John Quarles’ farm, located three miles north of Florida. There he listened to tales told by Uncle Dan’l, a slave who would later become the model for Jim in "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."



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Taken on December 18, 2008