The son of a Massachusetts merchant, Timothy Dwight, Connecticut Wit, graduated from Yale College (B.A. 1769), taught school in New Haven, and worked as a tutor at Yale (1771-77). After serving as an army chaplain in the Revolutionary War and in the Massachusetts legislature, he was schoolmaster and pastor of the Congregationalist church in Greenfield Connecticut (1783-1795). From 1795 until his death in 1817 Dwight was a distinguished president of Yale College.
The conquest of Canaan. 1785.
The triumph of infidelity. 1788.
Greenfield Hill. 1794.
Theology explained and defended. 5 vols, 1819-19.
Travels in New England and New York. 4 vols, 1821-22.
Sermons. 2 vols, 1828.