Joseph Torrey
President of the University of Vermont
In office
Personal details
Born(1797-02-02)February 2, 1797
Rowley, Massachusetts
DiedNovember 26, 1867(1867-11-26) (aged 70)
Burlington, Vermont
Spouse(s)Mary Mosley Paine
OccupationPhilosopher, educator

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 on February 2, 1797.[1] He received his education at Dartmouth College and Andover Seminary; later in his life he was honored by Harvard University with a Doctor of Divinity degree. Torrey joined the faculty of the University of Vermont in 1827, and remained there for the rest of his life, serving as its acting president from 1862 until his death.[2]

Torrey and his wife, Mary Mosley Paine, were the parents of five children.[2]

He died in Burlington, Vermont on November 26, 1867.[3]



  1. ^ The National Cyclopaedia of American Biography. Vol. II. James T. White & Company. 1921. p. 42. Retrieved May 2, 2021 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b "Former President Rev. Joseph Torrey". University of Vermont. Retrieved May 2, 2021.
  3. ^ "Death of Professor Torrey". Vermont Chronicle. November 30, 1867. p. 6. Retrieved May 2, 2021 – via