Joseph Twichell

Pastor, Author

1838 – 1918

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Who was Joseph Twichell?

Reverend Joseph Hopkins Twichell, writer and pastor, was Mark Twain's closest friend for over forty years, and appears in A Tramp Abroad as "Harris." They met at a church social after the Civil War when Twichell was pastor of Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, his only pastorate for almost 50 years. Reverend Twichell performed Twain's wedding and christened his children, and counseled him on literary as well as personal matters for the rest of Twain's life. A profound scholar and devout Christian, he was described as "a man with an exuberant sense of humor, and a profound understanding of the frailties of mankind."

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Born
Nov 30, 1838
Southington
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Yale University
Died
Dec 20, 1918
Hartford

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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