The son of William Frances and Susan Bouchet, Edward was born in New Haven, CT in 1852
He attended New Haven High School, and entered Yale College in 1870.
Edward Bouchet became the first African American to graduate from Yale College in 1874.
Bouchet was the first African American to earn a doctoral degree from an American university; he earned his doctorate in Physics from Yale University in 1876.
He taught chemistry and physics for 26 years at a highly regarded school, the Institute for Colored Youth in Philadelphia, held numerous other academic positions, and served as U.S. Inspector of Customs at the Louisiana Purchase Expedition in 1904.
Felder, Pamela. “Edward A. Bouchet: A Model for Understanding African Americans and Their Doctoral Experience.” Journal of African American Studies, vol. 19, no. 1, Mar. 2015, pp. 3–17. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1007/s12111-014-9283-8