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Virginius Dabney

Virginius Dabney, American author.


  • Dabney, Virginius was born on February 8, 1901 in University, Virginia, United States. Son of Richard Heath and Lily Heth (Davis) Dabney.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts Virginia, 1920. AM, University Virginia, 1921. Doctor of Letters (honorary), University Richmond, 1940.

      Doctor of Laws, Lynchburg College. Doctor of Laws, College William and Mary, 1944. Doctor of Humane Letters, Virginia Commonwealth University, 1976.


    • Teacher French Episcopal High School, 1921-1922. Reporter Richmond News Leader, 1922-1928. Editorial staff Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1928-1934, chief editorial writer, 1934-1936, editor, 1936-1969.

      Contributor to New York Times, Dictionary American Biography, Encyclopedia British, London Economist. Spent 6 months in Center Europe in 1934 under grant from Oberlaender Trust. Lecturer on New South Princeton University session, 1939-1940.

      Lecturer Fulbright Conference American Studies, Cambridge University, 1954.


    • Pistols and Pointed Pens: The Dueling Editors of Old Virginia
    • In this delightful excursion into nineteenth century Virginia, the author chronicles the personalities and the adventures of a succession of newspaper editors centered on Richmond, the state capital, s they took their stands and frequently defended their honor with pistols and other lethal weapons.
    • Richmond: The Story of a City
    • Richmond: The Story of a City chronicles the growth of this historic community over nearly four centuries from its founding in the early 1700s by William Byrd II to its most recent urban and suburban developments.
    • Below The Potomac
    • Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive.


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Chairman advisory board United States History Society. Board directors University Press Virginia, 1966-1970. Chairman Governor's Statewide Conference on Education, 1966.

    1st rector Virginia Commonwealth University, 1968-1969, trustee, 1969-1979. Member American Society Newspaper Editors (director 1946-1959, president 1957-1958), Southern Academy Letters, Arts and Sciences, Virginia History Society (president 1969-1972), Raven, Omicron Delta Kappa, Delta Kappa Epsilon, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Delta Chi (fellow) Clubs: Country of Virginia.


    • Married Douglas Harrison Chelf, October 10, 1923. Children: Douglas Gibson (Mistress James S. Watkinson), Lucy Davis (Mistress Alexander P. Leverty), Richard Heath World War II.
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    Born February 8, 1901
    Died December 28, 1995
    (aged 94)
    • 1920
      University Virginia
    • 1921
      University Virginia
    • 1940
      University Richmond
    • 1944
      College William and Mary
    • 1976
      Virginia Commonwealth University
    • 1921 - 1922
      Teacher, French Episcopal High School
    • 1922 - 1928
      reporter Richmond News Leader
    • 1936 - 1969
      editorial staff Richmond Times-Dispatch
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