Shoot­ing star

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Sa­muel Langhorne Cle­mens, bet­ter known by his pen name, Mark Twain, first fell in love with the city of Hart­ford, Con­necti­cut, while trav­el­ing to meet with his pub­lisher, the evoca­tively named Elisha Bliss. Be­sot­ted by the bur­geon­ing city’s stately homes and lush green­ery, Cle­mens pur­chased a par­cel of land on posh Farm­ing­ton Av­enue soon af­ter mar­ry­ing Olivia Lang­don in 1870. De­sir­ing a per­ma­nent home, he em­ployed the no­table Hart­ford ar­chi­tect Ed­ward Tuck­er­man Pot­ter, a leader of the Amer­i­can Gothic Re­vival move­ment, to con­struct a roomy Vic­to­rian pile for his grow­ing fam­ily.

Cle­mens in 1889.

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