Bull, Ephraim Wales, 1806-1895

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Horticulturist who developed the Concord grape.

From the description of Document signed : Concord, to Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1860. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270536503

Goldsmith, politician, horticulturist, originator of the Concord Grape; res. of Concord, Mass.; b. Boston, 3/4/1806, d. Concord, 9/26/1895. Five siblings, incl. John Clark (wife: Melissa), Albert Chester (wife: R.A. [Ann]), who later changed his last name to Lawrence, & Harriet Morton (husband: James Barrows). Apprenticed to Boston goldbeater Louis Lauriat, then worked for another goldbeater in Dorchester. In 1856, m. Mary Ellen Walker. Father of Mary Ellen Drury (husband: George W. Lauriat), Ephraim Wales (wife: Fanny Graham), & John Clark (wife: Abbie Staples).

(Cont.) Moved to Concord, 8/1836; practiced goldbeating irregularly until ca. 1874. Cultivated grapes from 1840's. Concord grape first marketed by Hovey & Co. of Boston, 1854. Member of the Concord Social Circle and of Corinthian Lodge of Freemasons. Served on Concord School Committee and on Board of Selectmen; 1855, elected to the Mass. Legislature for American Party; 1856, elected to Mass. State Senate.

(Cont.) 1856, appointed member at large of Mass. State Board of Agriculture. Injured in 1893; died at Concord Home for the Aged.

From the description of Ephraim Wales Bull papers, 1825-1889 (bulk 1825-1864). (Concord Public Library). WorldCat record id: 35009165

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Hovey, C. M. (Charles Mason), 1810-1887. Collection of articles relating to Ephraim Bull and the Concord grape, 1871-1930. Concord Free Public Library, Special Collection
referencedIn Massachusetts Horticultural Society. Massachusetts Horticultural Society : extracts from the Transactions of the Society relative to the Concord grape : typescript, [19--]. Concord Free Public Library, Special Collection
creatorOf Bull, Ephraim Wales, 1806-1895. Ephraim Wales Bull papers, 1825-1889 (bulk 1825-1864). Concord Free Public Library, Special Collection
creatorOf Collection of photocopied (printed, typed, and ms.) materials relating to the Damon business and family, Concord, Mass. / collected by Renee Garrelick. Concord Free Public Library, Special Collection
referencedIn Massachusetts Horticultural Society, 1816-1928. Massachusetts Horticultural Society
referencedIn Brooks, Nathan, 1785-1863. Nathan Brooks legal papers, 1795-1861 (bulk 1813-1861). Concord Free Public Library, Special Collection
referencedIn Hughes, Agnes Lockhart. Collection of articles relating to Ephraim Bull and the Concord Grape, 1911-1992. Concord Free Public Library, Special Collection
creatorOf Concord Town Library (Concord, Mass.). Concord Town Library records, [1851]-1873. Concord Free Public Library, Special Collection
creatorOf Bull, Ephraim Wales, 1806-1895. Document signed : Concord, to Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1860. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Bull, Ephraim Wales, 1806-1895. Card. Smithsonian Institution. Libraries
creatorOf Concord Farmers' Club (Concord, Mass.). Concord Farmers' Club records, 1852-1883. Concord Free Public Library, Special Collection
referencedIn Leavitt, Arnold B. "He sowed--others reaped" : typescript, [1965?]. Concord Free Public Library, Special Collection
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associatedWith Brooks, Nathan, 1785-1863. person
associatedWith Bull family. family
associatedWith Bull, John Clark, b. 1812. person
associatedWith Bull, Melissa C. person
associatedWith Concord Farmers' Club (Concord, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Concord Town Library (Concord, Mass.) corporateBody
associatedWith Curtis, John W. person
associatedWith Dibner, Bern, person
associatedWith Hawthorne, Nathaniel, 1804-1864, person
associatedWith Hovey & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Joseph Breck & Son. corporateBody
associatedWith Lauriat, George W. person
associatedWith Lawrence, Albert Chester, 1810-1886. person
associatedWith Lawrence, R. A. (R. Ann) person
associatedWith Leavitt, Arnold B. person
associatedWith Massachusetts. State Board of Agriculture. corporateBody
associatedWith Reich, Lorenz, Jr., person
associatedWith Stacy, Albert, 1821-1868. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Hoosac Tunnel (Mass.)
Concord (Mass.)
California--Eel River
United States
Massachusetts
Massachusetts--Concord
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Account books
Goldwork
Mentally ill--Family relationships
Business records
Indians of North America
Horticulturists
Viticulture
Commercial correspondence
Viticulturists
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Birth 1806-03-04

Death 1895-09-26

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