Born near Hannibal, Mo., November 30, 1835.
Left school to work as "devil" in his brother's printing office, the "Hannibal Courier," in Hannibal, when 14 years old.
Worked as itinerant printer in different cities of the Middle West.
Became a pilot's apprentice on the Mississippi river, under the direction of Capt. Horace Bixby of St. Louis.
Served a few weeks in the Confederate Army and went west with his brother, Orion, who had been appointed Secretary of the Territory of Nevada.
Worked in Nevada mining camps, and as correspondent and writer for the Virginia City (Nev.) Enterprise, and the Sacramento (Cal.) Union.
Published his first book, "The Jumping Frog of calaveras County," in March, 1867.
Made famous by "The Innocents Abroad," published in 1869.
Married in 1870 to Miss Olivia L. Langdon of Elmira, N. Y., whom he met while on a cruise in the Mediterranean, and who died in Florence, Italy, in 1904.
Organized the C. L. Webster Publishing Company in 1884, and lost almost his entire fortune through the firm's failure in 1894.
Received the honorary degree of L.L. D., University of Missouri, 1902.
Given the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws by Oxford University, England, in 1907.
Retired to his villa, "Stormfield," near Redding, Conn., in 1908, to live with his daughters, Clara and Jean.
Journeyed to Bermuda late in 1909, and returned broken in health and spirit. He failed rapidly after the sudden death of his daughter Jean, December 24, 1909.
Death came April 21, 1910, at 6:30 p. m.