Dr Edward Alexander Bouchet

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Dr Edward Alexander Bouchet

  • Birth 15 Sep 1852 New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
  • Death 28 Oct 1918 New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
  • Burial New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA
  • Plot Section: Path H, Plot: 10, Grave: 5 
  • Memorial ID 5741570

Edward Alexander Bouchet was born in New Haven, Connecticut on September 15, 1852. He was the son of William Frances and Susan (Cooley) Bouchet. William Bouchet migrated to New Haven from South Charleston, South Carolina in 1824 as the valet of the father of Judge A. Heaton Robinson of New Haven. The senior Bouchet was said to have been prominent in New Haven's Black community, serving as deacon of the Temple Street Church, the oldest Black church in the city. Edward Bouchet attended the New Haven High School (1866-1868) and graduated from Hopkins Grammar School (1870) as valedictorian of his class.

Edward Bouchet entered Yale College in 1870 and was the first African American to graduate Yale College in 1874. On the basis of his academic record he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Bouchet continued the study of graduate physics at Yale, where he was awarded a Ph.D. in Physics in 1876. Bouchet was the first African American to earn a doctorate degree from an American university. Upon graduation from Yale, Dr. Bouchet taught chemistry and physics for twenty-six years at the Institute for Colored Youth in Philadelphia, PA.


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  • Created by: Jose Ruiz-Alvarez
  • Added: 6 Sep 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 5741570
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Edward Alexander Bouchet (15 Sep 1852–28 Oct 1918), Find A Grave Memorial no. 5741570, citing Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Jose Ruiz-Alvarez (contributor 46498016) .