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Joseph Twichell

Born: Nov 30, 1838

Death: Dec 20, 1918

Birthplace: Southington

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

Joseph Twichell

Date of Birth : Nov 30, 1838
Date of Death : Dec 20, 1918
Birth Place : Southington

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."


  • Writer
  • Pastor
  • Chaplain
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