John Mackay and Mark Twain: Mining and Literary Titans of the Comstock Lode, a Unique Friendship

Thursday, May 30 at 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Janet Leigh Theatre
3601 Pacific Ave, Stockton, CA 95211

John Mackay would rise from his birth in Ireland to be one of the wealthiest men in the world. While he was superintendent at the Bullion Mine in Virginia City, Mackay would meet a neophyte reporter named Samuel Clemens. Clemens would take on the pen name Mark Twain at the paper and become known as America’s most unique literary voice. Presenter Douglas Borchert, J.D., SBC, underwriting counsel and columnist, will explore what brought the two men together and kept them friends once they left the small Nevada mining town and stepped on to the world stage.

Part 1 of this lecture will be on Thursday, May 23, Part 2 will be Thursday, May 30.

Event Type

Speaker, Lecture/Presentation

Sponsoring Department

OLLI@Pacific, Research and Scholarship


University Community, General Public



FREE and open to the public

OLLI at Pacific


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