Mark Twain: 15 Things You Didn’t Know (Part 2)

Ryan Sheffield
Ryan Sheffield

We recently brought you part one of this article about lesser known Mark Twain facts. We couldn’t fit all of the interesting information into one post, so here’s part two! Check it out below!

Number Eight: Mark Twain Traveled in Europe

While in the Mediterranean, he met his future brother-in-law, who introduced him to his wife, Olivia. They came from a very wealthy family, and he married her within a few short years.

Number Seven: He was Married for 34 Years

Mark and Olivia had a long, happy marriage and three kids. Their children’s names were Jean, Clara, and Susy.

Number Six: He Predicted When He Would Die, and Was Right

He was born right around the time that Halley’s comet appeared. He started telling people in 1909 that he came into existence when the comet was born, and was going to depart this earth as it was leaving. Strangely enough, that’s exactly what he did.

Number Five: He Traveled All Over the United States

While working as a printer, he visited many places from ages 18 to 22. His travels included Nevada, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and more.

Number Four: He Went by Multiple Pen Names

As mentioned in part one of this article, Mark Twain was not his real name. Mark Twain became the one that stuck, but previous to that he had also been known as Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass, Sergeant Fathom, Rambler, and more.

Number Three: Mark Twain was Outspoken on Controversial Topics

He lived during a period when things were very different from now. Far ahead of his time, he wasn’t afraid to question the status quo on many important issues such as race inequality, animal rights, and slavery. He was also the vice president of an American Anti-Imperialist Club.

Number Two: He Published His First Book in 1869

The Innocents Abroad was the name of his first official novel. He would go on to publish many, many more.

Number One: He Contributed Humorous Sketches at His First Job

Mark Twain was a great writer obviously, but it’s little known that he was multi-talented, and also enjoyed drawing. He had a chance to contribute this talent to his first job at the Hannibal Journal. We hope you enjoyed part two of this article.