Daniel Roberdeau

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Daniel Roberdeau (1727 – January 5, 1795) was a lumber merchant from Philadelphia who represented Pennsylvania in the Continental Congress from 1777-1779. He was also one of the signers of the Articles of Confederation.

Early life

Roberdeau was born on the island of St. Christopher in the West Indes in 1727. He immigrated to the United States after the death of his father, along with his mother and sisters, and entered trade in the lumber business. He also entered politics, serving as a member of the state assembly from 1756-1760.

Continental Congress

Roberdeau was elected to the Continental Congress in 1777 and served until 1779, during which time he signed the Articles of Confederation.


Roberdeau died in Winchester, Frederick County, Virginia, on January 5, 1795; he was buried in Mount Hebron Cemetery.


  • Roberdeau was the first brigadier general of the Pennsylvania troops in 1776.[1]
  • Founder of Fort Roberdeau in Bedford County, Pennsylvania.[2]


  1. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=R000303
  2. http://fortroberdeau.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=6&Itemid=27