Nicholas Bouquet was born November 14, 1842 in Lansau, Bavaria (Germany). He immigrated to St. Louis, Missouri in 1856, at the age of 13, and became a coppersmith. Three years later he moved to Burlington and worked at his trade.

In 1861 he joined the Union army, serving with distinction in both the 1st and 25th Iowa Infantry. Shortly after his enlistment in the 25th Iowa, he married Louisa Long, with whom he had 10 children.

Upon returning from the war Bouquet worked as a shop keeper, then as a policeman, and for a short period served as Sergeant at arms for the Iowa House of Representatives in Des Moines. At the time of his death he was owner of a restaurant in Burlington.

He died December 27, 1912, and is buried in Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Iowa.