mark twain house of hartford connecticut
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The Mark Twain House, Hartford, CT

Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and Olivia Langdon Clemens

Samuel Clemens, who wrote under the pen name Mark Twain, instantly fell in love with Olivia Langdon in 1867 when her brother, a fellow passenger on his steamship tour of Europe, showed him a miniature painting of her. Upon his return to the U.S., Twain took up the invitation to dine at the Langdon family's home, and on his second visit stayed more than 12 hours. Thus began a two-year courtship between Samuel and Olivia, preserved in the countless letters the two exchanged before their marriage in 1870.
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