Historic Markers Across Tennessee

Orion Clemens 1825 - 1897

Marker ID: THC 2D 44
Location: West Gore Avenue at S Union St., Gainesboro, TN 
County: Jackson
Coordinates: N 36° 21.294    W 085° 39.549
  36.3549    -85.65915
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM2630


Orion Clemens was born to John and Jane Lampton Clemens on July 7, 1825 in Gainsboro. Orion became a writer, printer, inventor, lawyer, secretary, and Acting Governor of the Nevada Territory during the Lincoln Administration. After the Civil War, he returned to his birthplace once. He was the older brother of Samuel Clemens, who is better known as Mark Twain.

Tennessee Historical Commission