Virginius Dabney
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1901
Date of Death: 1995
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Occupation: Educator, Reporter, Author of Non-Fiction
Parents: Richard Dabney, Lily Davis
Spouse: Douglas Harrison Chelf (d. 1994)
Children: Three
Fictional Appearances:
Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Novel only
Type of Appearance: Direct

Virginius Dabney (February 8, 1901 – December 28, 1995) was a US teacher, journalist, writer, and editor. He was the editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch from 1936 to 1969 and author of several historical books. He won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 1948 due in part to his opposition to the poll tax.

Virginius Dabney in Joe Steele[]

Virginius Dabney covered the White House for the Richmond Times in 1933. He and Charlie Sullivan watched Virginia Senator Carter Glass head into the Oval Office to meet with President Joe Steele about Steele's proposed legislation to nationalize America's banks. Dabney proudly proclaimed that Glass was too pig-headed to be persuaded by Steele to support the bill. Sullivan, having met Steele, bet Dabney a dollar that Steele would prevail.[1]

An hour and 15 minutes later, Glass came out of the meeting, and announced that the legislation was worthy of support. Sullivan collected his dollar, and Dabney proclaimed that Steele must have had some big mojo.[2]


  1. Joe Steele, pg. 49.
  2. Ibid. pgs. 50-51.