The Mark Twain Tourism Project:
This project showcases the towns and cities across Connecticut that have Twain 'Connections.'
Stamford, Connecticut- Edward Quintard, M.D. (1867-1936) was born in Stamford, CT, the son of Edward Augustus and Mary (Skiddy) Quintard.
During his storied career, Edward was an outstanding medical practitioner and educator, but also was the personal physician to many celebrities. Perhaps the best known was Samuel Langhorne Clemens -- better known as the best-selling author Mark Twain -- Quintard was the physician of the entire Clemens family and in was at Twain's deathbed in Redding on April 21st, 1910.
Stamford Connection #2 is:
Henry and Samuel Ferguson of Stamford- who helped Mark Twain write his newspaper article on the Clipper Ship Hornet. On their return voyage to California, Clemens (Twain) further interviewed the Ferguson brothers and Captain Mitchell. They let him examine their diaries, excerpts of which he incorporated into an article titled “Forty-three Days in an Open Boat. Compiled from Personal Diaries.” Submitted to Harper's New Monthly Magazine, they published it in December 1866. Thirty-three years later he reworked portions of it, gave the story a new title, My Debut as a Literary Person and handed it in to The Century Magazine, where the article appeared in November 1889.
In this work, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) stated it was not the Jumping Frog story that launched his literary career, but the saga of the survivors of the clipper ship Hornet.
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List of Towns and Cities that have Twain 'Connections'