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Rev. William Twining A.M.

Wabash Faculty 1843-1854

Born New Haven, Connecticut 1805

Yale Class of 1825, Post-graduate studies at Yale and Andover Seminary

Established a young ladies’ seminary at Madison, Indiana.

Twining taught mathematics, natural philosophy and astronomy at Wabash.

Strongly abolitionist, Twining led the faculty on this issue. In part, through his influence, Wabash moved ever closer to those Presbyterians who were directly involved in abolitionism.

In 1854 Twining resigned his position to pursue work with the Underground Railroad. He settled in Missouri, a slave state where he continued his dangerous work.

Hovey spoke warmly of him shortly thereafter, “At the close of the Collegiate year 1854, Professor Twining tendered to the Board his resignation, which was accepted, with expressions of very sincere regret that his convictions of duty led him to seek another sphere of usefulness.”

Best,

Beth Swift – Archivist