Loras College Press Releases New Biography of Julien Dubuque

DUBUQUE, Iowa – Loras College announced the release of a new book by Robert F. Klein focused on the life of Iowa pioneer Julien Dubuque published by the Loras College Press.

Julien Dubuque: Portrait of a Pioneer provides an in-depth look at the life of the first white settler in Iowa and how he lived in harmony with the Native American tribes who already called the Upper Mississippi region their home.

Robert Klein

“I wrote this book because I wanted to know more about Julien Dubuque than I found in the previous biography that appeared 100 years ago,” Klein explained. “Julien Dubuque deserves more recognition than he has received until now. This is a step in that direction.”

Klein worked at the Loras College library for 40 years. He also co-founded the Loras College Center for Dubuque History and was a long-time board member of the Dubuque County Historical Society. His previous publications include Dubuque: Frontier River City, Letters of Mathias Loras, First Bishop of Dubuque, and Dubuque During the California Gold Rush.

His latest book utilizes a variety of contemporary sources to shine light onto Dubuque’s personal life and activities.

“Dubuque left no journal, no diary, no family photo album, and few direct pieces of evidence. There is no secret cache of emails, or tweets to be found. Among the new resources used, and now printed in the book, is the inventory of personal items left in his estate after his death in March of 1810,” Klein said.

The new biography is currently available at Loras College Barnes & Noble Bookstore and River Lights Bookstore in Dubuque.

Julien Dubuque: Portrait of a Pioneer is a 191-page hardbound first edition that retails for $24.95.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).