1837-JAMES MCCUNE SMITH (1811-65) was the first black to obtain an M.D. He studied in the African Free School in New York City, where he was so gifted a student that when Lafayette visited the United States in 1824, the young Smith delivered the welcome address. Unable to pursue his education in the United States, Smith studied at the University of Glasgow, in Scotland, where he received his bachelor’s, master’s, and medical degrees. He was a very successful physician in New York, with a busy practice and two drug stores. He was also an avid abolitionist.
Sources: Dictionary of Black Culture, P. 410; Garrett, Famous First Facts About Negroes, P.111; Morais, The History of the Negro in Medicine, P. 31
Black Firsts, 2,00 Years of Extraordinary Achievement, Gale Research Incorporated.