Robert Louis Dabney (1820-1898)

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A Southern Presbyterian theologian who supported Old School theology and ardently opposed both theological and political liberalism. Dabney graduated from and later taught at Union Theological Seminary, wielding great influence on theological education as a result of his Lectures in Systematic Theology. The chief of staff to Confederate General T. J. “Stonewall” Jackson during the American Civil War, he later wrote a biography of the general. He is remembered not only for his theological work but also controversially for his support of the Old South and for elements of racism found in his writings.

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