Biography of Virginius Dabney
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Dabney, Virginius, born in Gloucester county, Virginia, February 15, 1835. He entered the University of Virginia in 1852, where he studied for several years, being the compeer of Bishop Thomas Hugh Dudley, Thomas R. Price and other distinguished alumni. Upon leaving the university he began the practice of the law, but left it to become a teacher. He was a staff officer during the civil war, with the rank of captain, in the Confederate army. After the war he established in New York City a boys' school. where he had great success as a teacher. At the time of his death he held a position in the New York custom house. He was ever a genial companion. and a brilliant raconteur in any company. He published the striking novel, "The Story of Don Miff, a Symphony of Life," a striking picture of the old regime in Virginia. Professor Thomas R. Price, his lifelong friend, wrote of him as follows: "His mind had two special qualities: the one was his peculiar gift of imaginative humor, revealing itself in strong delightful freaks of language, in happy terms of picturesque expression, in penetrating glimpses of character reading, and delicious bits of story telling. The other was the massive originality of his philosophical thinking, his power to understand things and explain things by philosophical analysis. His mind was a storehouse of original imagination, of shrewd and delightful reasoning and of definite philosophical conception. A fallacy could not live under the light of his eyes. A falsehood or a false pretence flashed into sudden deformity. under the illumination of his humorous exposure." He died June 2, 1894, and was buried at the University of Virginia.


FROM:
Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
Volume III
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915



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