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Famous Former Residents of Dubuque

Dubuque has been home to many well known individuals over the years.

From gangsters to authors, many famous friends have called where Iowa started home.


Kate Mulgrew

Kate Mulgrew grew up in Dubuque and is best known for roles such as ‘Captain Janeway’ on Strek Trek: Voyager and ‘Red’ on Orange is the New Black. Her family continues to live in the area and are influential in the arts and culture of Dubuque.


George R.R. Martin

Known for his series of novels that inspired HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’, Martin was a journalism professor at Clarke University in 1976. He drew inspiration for his novels from Dubuque’s unique landscape and landmarks like the Fenelon Place Elevator.


Al Capone

It is legend that notorious gangster, Al Capone, would hide out at the historic Hotel Julien Dubuque in the 1920s when things were ‘too hot to handle’ in Chicago. He reportedly made use of an underground garage to hide his cars and further conceal his presence.