Ephraim Bull – Concord Grape

Concord Graph – The Concord Grape was developed by Ephraim Wales Bull in Concord, Massachusetts. Below are some of the best sources of information on the history of the man and the grape!

Ephraim Wales Bull Papers, 1825 to 1889

Excerpts: During 1840’s, began to cultivate grapes. Concord Grape first marketed by C.M. Hovey of Boston in 1854. In 1873, honored by Mass. Horticultural Society for the development of the Concord Grape.

“He Sowed; Others Reaped”: Ephraim Wales Bull and the Origins of the ‘Concord’ Grape
Excerpts: As noted, grapes may be cultivated for any of a number of purposes: for making wine, for example; for eating out of hand as “table grapes”; for drying as currants and raisins; for preserving as jams, jellies, and preserves or for nonalcoholic beverages; and, latter … 1860 and 1870 in California there was a rapid increase in the acreage of varieties derived from native American grapes. It was during this time that the cultivar ’Concord’ became the leading commercially grown grape of American origin … ’Concord’ may be the most famous American cultivar; it is certainly the most widely grown. Because of its wide adaptability it is produced in almost every grape-growing state of the Union …Accordingly, ’Concord’ was exhibited for the first time on September 3, 1853, three years after it had produced its first fruit.

Ancient Middlesex
With Brief Biographical Sketches of the Men Who Have Served the County Officially Since Its Settlement by Levi S. Gould

Excerpt Page 37: Hon. Ephraim Wales Bull – Of Concord , was born in Boston March 4 , 1806. He was a gold-beater by trade, and conducted the business in Boston, until ill health induced him to settle in Concord about the year 1836″ … Image below Library of Congress Archives.

Ephraim Bull-Inventor of Concord Grape - Source: Library of Congress Archives