ROBERT LEWIS DABNEY
Robert Lewis Dabney, retired professor of government
and member of the first faculty of The University of Texas at Austin,
died on January 3, 1898. He was 77.
Professor Dabney was born on March 5, 1820, in Louisa
County, Virginia. He studied at Hampden-Sydney College and received
a master's degree from the University of Virginia in 1842. He graduated
from the Union Theological Seminary at Hampden-Sydney in 1846. Professor
Dabney subsequently served as a missionary in his county and as a pastor
in Augusta County. He was also a professor and chairman of systematic
and polemic theology at Hampden-Sydney College until 1883.
Professor Dabney joined the faculty of the University
in 1883 and taught until 1894. In 1884 he opened the Austin School of
Theology with R. K. Smoot. Professor Dabney was a prolific writer whose
publications included Life and Campaigns of Lieut-Gen. Thomas J.
Jackson, Defense of Virginia, and Sensualistic Philosophy
of the Nineteenth Century.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo
Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on November
17, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the
Barker Texas History Center and the New Handbook of Texas,
Texas State Historical Association, 1996.