Orion Clemens Home is a Nevada State Historical Marker Number Seventy Eight and located in Carson City, Nevada. Orion Clemens (July 17, 1825 – December 11, 1897) is the youngers brother of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain. Orion was also the first and only Secretary of the Nevada Territory.
Orion Clemens, built the house in 1862, was a lawyer who served as the first Secretary of the Nevada Territory. It has also been known as the Governor’s Mansion from times when Orion was territorial governor pro tem while Governor James W. Nye was absent.
Nevada State Historical Markers identify significant places of interest in Nevada’s history. The Nevada State Legislature started the program in 1967 to bring the state’s heritage to the public’s attention with on-site markers. Budget cuts to the program caused the program to become dormant in 2009. Many of the markers are lost of damaged.
Nevada State Historic Marker Text
Orion Clemens, secretary to territorial Governor James W. Nye, lived in this house with his wife, “Mollie,” from 1864 to 1866. Samuel, his brother who was a reporter for the Territorial Enterprise, stayed here periodically until leaving the territory in May 1864. He became famous as “Mark Twain.”STATE HISTORICAL MARKER No. 78
STATE HISTORIC PRESERVATION OFFICE
JULIAN C. SMITH, JR.
Nevada State Historic Marker Summary
|Name||Orion Clemens Home|
|Location||Carson City, Nevada|
|Nevada State Historic Marker Number||78|
|Latitude, Longitude||39.1667, -119.7695|
Nevada State Historic Marker Location
The Orion Clemens House, also known as Mark Twain’s House, is a two-story Late Victorian house located at 502 N. Division St. in Carson City.