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Pioneer pastor and evangelist in northern Vermont and Quebec, and among French-speaking communities in Canada, the American Midwest, and Europe. Raised in a French Canadian Baptist family in Vermont, Bourdeau became a Sabbatarian Adventist in 1856 shortly after his brother, Augustin Bourdeau, made the same decision. In succeeding years, Bourdeau devoted his life to working for the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In 1861 he was married to Marion E. Saxby (1842-1929). With his brother, Augustin, and Alfred Hutchins, he helped raise churches in Canada, Vermont, and New York.
In 1868, he joined John Loughborough to work in California. He also devoted many years working in the Midwestern states, particularly among the French-speaking communities of Illinois and Wisconsin for which he felt a special burden. He was successful in raising a church among the French Canadian community of Ste-Anne-de-Kankakee, in Illinois, a community of former Roman Catholics who had immigrated to Illinois from Quebec with former priest Charles Chiniquy. Bourdeau also wrote a number of tracts in French. In 1876, and again from 1883 to 1887, he worked in Europe. Bourdeau was an energetic person with a powerful mind and wrote many books or tracts for evangelistic needs and articles for the Review and Herald.
Refutation of Fourty-Four So-Called Objections Against the Ancient Sabbath