Marquette University is named after Rev. Jacques Marquette, S.J., a French Jesuit explorer and missionary whose 17th-century travels are an integral part of the history of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and the Midwest.
In recognition of his Father Marquette's pioneering spirit, Milwaukee’s first bishop, the Most Rev. John Martin Henni, used him as inspiration when Marquette College opened in September 1881. Today, Father Marquette is commemorated in the university crest, and a large statue of him stands near St. Joan of Arc Chapel on campus. He’s even on Twitter.
- PBS American Experience:
Jacques Marquette and Louis Joliet
- Journal of Père Jacques Marquette