Stolen Mark Twain statue reinstalled in cemetery

Posted at 8:11 PM, Sep 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-15 20:11:04-04

A plaque stolen from author Mark Twain's final resting place in an Elmira cemetery almost a year ago has been returned.

This 15-pound bronze plaque disappeared from Elmira's Woodlawn Cemetery sometime before the first of the year.

According to the Star-Gazette of Elmira, 33-year-old Daniel Ruland was sentenced last month to serve six months in prison for the theft.

The plaque has been reinstalled on Twain's 12-foot granite monument.

It was one of two monuments commissioned by Twain's daughter, Clara. The other plaque, of Clara's husband, was untouched.

Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens and grew up in Hannibal, Missouri.

The author of such classics as "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Sawyer" married Olivia Langdon of Elmira and had a summer home in the upstate city. He died in 1910 and was buried in the Langdon family plot at Woodlawn.




Stay in Touch Anywhere, Anytime with News, Weather and Video -- Download the WKBW app:

Android App

iPhone/iPad App

Or Sign Up for Our Newsletters -- Delivered to Your E-mail:

E-News and Bills Beat Newsletters