Jacques Marquette

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Date of Birth June 1, 1637
Place of Birth Laon, France
Date of Death May 18, 1675 (37)
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Jacques Marquette

Father Jacques Marquette S.J., sometimes known as Père Marquette or James Marquette, was a French-American Jesuit missionary who founded Michigan's first European settlement, Sault Ste. Marie, and later founded St. Ignace, Michigan. In 1673, Marquette, with Louis Jolliet, an explorer born near Quebec City, was the first European to explore and map the northern portion of the Mississippi River Valley.

Born: June 1, 1637, Laon, Kingdom of France
Died: May 18, 1675, near Ludington, Michigan
Other names: Pere Marquette

About Jacques Marquette

French Jesuit missionary who discovered Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan's first European settlement.

Before Fame

He was assigned as a Jesuit missionary to the area of Quebec in 1666.


Marquette and Louis Jolliet were the first Europeans to observe and chart the northern region of the Mississippi River in 1673.

Family Life

He grew up in France as a missionary and was brought up by monks and priests.


Chris Farley graduated from Marquette University, which was named in his honor.

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