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Mark Twain

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Mark Twain

Author of Tom Sawyer


Who was Mark Twain?

Mark Twain was an American author and humorist whose real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens. He grew up along the Mississippi River in Hannibal, Missouri. His pen name of Mark Twain is said to have come from his time working on the river boats. The term “Mark Twain” was called out by the rivermen when marking two fathoms on the sounding line while measuring the water's depth. Mark Twain is probably best known for his novels Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

One of the more fascinating facts regarding Mark Twain was his connection to Haley's comet which comes around about every 75 years. He was born in 1835, just two weeks after the comet reached its perihelion. In 1909, knowing that the comet was scheduled to return the following year, he is said to have commented, “I came in with Haley's comet in 1835. It is coming again next year , and I expect to go out with it.” Mark Twain died on April 21, 1910, just one day after the comet reached its perihelion.

Famous Kin

Mark Twain currently has only a few known famous kin. These include U.S. President Gerald Ford, Currier & Ives lithographer Nathaniel Currier, and the infamous serial killer Dr. H. H. Holmes. He was the main subject of the book Devil in the White City. Dr. Holmes confessed to murdering at least 27 people, and possibly many more, in his hotel in Chicago during the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition.


Some of the most recently added connections of famous kin for Mark Twain

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Hamilton Fish

26th U.S. Secretary of State

4th cousin 3 times removed
via Richard Betts

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William Crowninshield Endicott

United States Secretary of War

6th cousin
via Rev. Robert Clement

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Admiral William Halsey

U.S. Navy - World War II

7th cousin
via Richard Betts

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Jane Wyatt

TV and Movie Actress

7th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard Betts

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John Alsop King

20th Governor of New York

4th cousin 3 times removed
via Richard Betts

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Ralph Fiennes

Movie Actor

14th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir John Colepepper

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General Billy Mitchell

Father of the U.S. Air Force

9th cousin
via Rev. Thomas Stoughton

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Israel Stoughton

(c1602/3 - 1644)
Great Migration Immigrant 1632

7th great-granduncle
via Rev. Thomas Stoughton

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Harrison Reed

9th Governor of Florida

7th cousin 2 times removed
via Rev. Thomas Stoughton

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John Scudder

(c1618 - c1690)
James passenger 1635

6th great-granduncle
via Elizabeth Stoughton

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John Moore

(c1620 - 1657)
Great Migration Immigrant 1640

6th great-grandfather

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Billy Bush

TV Personality and Host

5th cousin 5 times removed
via Robert Clement

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Jonathan Bush

Co-founder and CEO of athenahealth

5th cousin 5 times removed
via Robert Clement

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A. Bartlett Giamatti

Major League Baseball Commissioner

18th cousin 1 time removed
via Sir Roger Lewknor

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Paul Giamatti

TV and Movie Actor

18th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir Roger Lewknor

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Paul Giamatti

TV and Movie Actor

6th cousin 5 times removed
via Rev. Robert Clement

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A. Bartlett Giamatti

Major League Baseball Commissioner

6th cousin 4 times removed
via Rev. Robert Clement

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Boris Johnson

Prime Minister of the United Kingdom

8th cousin 5 times removed
via Elizabeth Stoughton

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Paget Brewster

TV Actress

18th cousin 3 times removed
via Sir Roger Lewknor

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Sarah Palin

9th Governor of Alaska

8th cousin 4 times removed
via Elizabeth Stoughton

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Ethan Hawke

Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Novelist

8th cousin 4 times removed
via Elizabeth Stoughton

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Endicott Peabody

62nd Governor of Massachusetts

6th cousin 3 times removed
via Rev. Robert Clement

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Sarah Ferguson

Duchess of York

14th cousin 2 times removed
via Sir John Colepepper

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Nathaniel Philbrick

Author of In the Heart of the Sea

6th cousin 5 times removed
via William Partridge

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Henry A. Wallace

33rd U.S. Vice-President

8th cousin 2 times removed
via Elizabeth Stoughton

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