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  • Samuel J. R. McMillan, U.S. Senator (1826 - 1897)
    . Senator. He graduated from Duquesne College in 1846, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1849 and commenced to practice law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Moving to Minnesota in 1852, he engaged in...
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    David Morehouse
    David Morehouse (born 1960) is President and Chief Executive Officer of Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League. During his tenure, the Penguins have won three Stanley Cups (2009, 2016, 2017)...
  • Michael J Basrak (1912 - 1973)
    Michael J. Basrak (November 23, 1912 – December 18, 1973) was an All-American US collegiate football player in the mid-1930s. Basrak was Duquesne University's first All-American selection, and the Most...
  • Frank Joseph Zappala (1898 - 1988)
    "ZAPPALA, Frank J., a Representative from Allegheny County; born, May 24, 1898 in Italy; A.B., political science, Duquesne University; LL.B., Duquesne University; attorney; elected as a Democrat to the...
  • Michael E. Lamb
    E. Lamb is the Controller of the City of Pittsburgh. He previously served as Prothonotary of Allegheny County from 2000-2008. Prior to that he served as Chief Deputy Prothonotary from 1992 to 2000. He ...


Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit (/djuːˈkeɪn/) is a private Catholic university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded by members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, Duquesne first opened its doors as the Pittsburgh Catholic College of the Holy Ghost in October 1878 with an enrollment of 40 students and a faculty of six. In 1911, the college became the first Catholic university in Pennsylvania. It is the only Spiritan institution of higher education in the world.

Duquesne has since expanded to over 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students within a self-contained 49-acre (19.8 ha) hilltop campus in Pittsburgh's Bluff neighborhood. The school maintains an associate campus in Rome and encompasses ten schools of study. The university hosts international students from more than 80 countries although most students — about 80% — are from Pennsylvania or the surrounding region. Duquesne is considered a research university with high research activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. There are more than 79,000 living alumni of the university including two cardinals and the current bishop of Pittsburgh.

The Duquesne Dukes compete in NCAA Division I. Duquesne men's basketball appeared twice in national championship games in the 1950s and won the NIT championship in 1955.

Notable alumni

Notable Alumni