Joseph Torrey

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Joseph Torrey (1797–1867) was an American professor of philosophy at the University of Vermont and acting president of that university for five years.

Torrey was born in Rowley, Massachusetts. He received his education at Dartmouth College and Andover Seminary; later in his life he was honored by Harvard College with a Doctor of Divinity degree.[citation needed] Torrey joined the faculty of the University of Vermont in 1827 and remained there until his death. He was serving as acting president of the university at the time of his death.

Torrey and his wife, Mary Mosley Paine, were the parents of five children.


  • Carlton, Hiram. Genealogical and family history of the state of Vermont: a record of the achievements of her people in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation. (New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1903) p. 238.
  • American article on the work of James Marsh