Coates Preston Bull was born in 1872 in Edina Mills, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1901, and remained as a professor of Agronomy, except for a term of service for the Red Cross starting in 1918 in Serbia. In addition to teaching, Bull also worked with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture's Weed Program as well as founding the American Society of Agronomy, which led the development of the Crop Improvement Association. He was a member of Sigma Xi, the American Genetics Association and Patrons of Husbandry. Bull retired in 1943, and died in 1967 in St. Paul.
From the guide to the Coates Preston Bull papers, 1912-1938, (University of Minnesota Libraries. University of Minnesota Archives [uarc])