Olivia (Langdon) Clemens
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Olivia Louise (Langdon) Clemens (1845 - 1904)

Olivia Louise "Livy" Clemens formerly Langdon
Born in Elmira, Chemung, New York, United Statesmap
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Wife of — married 2 Feb 1870 in Elmira, New York, USAmap
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Died at age 58 in Florence, Italymap
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Olivia (Langdon) Clemens is Notable.


Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, met Olivia Langdon in 1867. They were introduced by her brother, Charles Langdon.

The couple's first date was to hear a reading by Charles Dickens in New York City.

They were married on Feb. 2, 1870.

The Clemens family lived in Europe for four years starting in 1891. Clemens also did a European lecture tour from 1895-1896.

In 1903, Olivia's doctors advised her to take up residence in the warm climate of Italy, prompting the Clemens family to move to a villa outside Florence. She died June 1904.


Woodlawn Cemetery, Elmira, Chemung, New York


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Olivia Langdon was the daughter of Jervis Langdon , a prominent citizen of Elmira, New York. The family mansion was in what is now downtown Elmira. The mansion was razed and replaced with a strip center many years ago. Langdon Plaza has been home to a large number of businesses since. Grocery stores, a hobby shop, cloth store, dry cleaner, etc.
posted 22 Jun 2011 by Glenn Legge Sr.
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It’s mentioned in Olivia’s biography that her brother Charles introduced her to Samuel Clemens ( Mark Twain). Was wondering why Charles and there sister Susan is not entered on Olivia’s profile?
posted by Cliff Truesdale

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