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Daniel Roberdeau

1727-1795

General Daniel Roberdeau was a distinguished statesman and soldier of the Revolution. He was born in the Isle of France in 1727. At an early age he distinguished himself as a zealous Huguenot and friend of civil and religious liberty. Emigrating to America, he settled in the beautiful vale of Wyoming, where he built a fort for protection against the Indians, and devoted himself to the pursuits of hunting and agriculture. Having listened to the preaching of the Rev. George Whitefield, he became a follower of that eloquent minister of the gospel. But the deep religious feeling of Mr. Roberdeau did not prevent him joining the patriot forces at the commencement of the Revolution. His skill, courage, and self-reliance in all emergencies soon raised him to command, and he distinguished himself by gallantry in active service.
   Previous to entering the army, however, General Roberdeau had been elected to Congress. He was not a conspicuous member of that august body, for the faculty of eloquence was denied him, and he could only show his patriotism by faithful practical service. At the conclusion of the war, General Roberdeau removed to Virginia, and settled in Frederick county, where he died January 5, 1795, at the age of sixty-eight years. He was a man of great energy of character, having a religious tone of mind, and a grave and dignified bearing. His love of civil and religious freedom was remarkable throughout life in France and in America; and he devoted his whole soul to the cause he had at heart.

Source: Marshall, James V.. The United States Manual of Biography and History. Philadelphia: James B. Smith & Co., 1856. Pages 139 and 140. (Some minor spelling changes may have been made.)


 
 

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