Born in 1806, Ephraim Wales Bull, was the son of a silversmith and trained as a goldbeater. An avid gardener, he moved to Concord where he cultivated 17 acres of land that included a wild grape variety later known as the “Concord” grape.
Despite propagating 22,000 grapes, Bull entered the market with his “Concord” grape patents prematurely. Enamored of the sweet juice of Bull’s grapes, Thomas B. Welch made the first non-alcoholic communion wine and created Concord Grape juice, which remains headquartered in Concord to this day. As for Bull, poor and bitter he died without enjoying the financial fruits of his labor.
Buried in Concord’s Sleepy Hollow Cemetery Bull’s epitaph reads, “He sowed Others reaped.”