The American farmer and "Father of the Concord Grape" Ephraim Wales Bull (1806-1895) was born in Boston. He bought 17 acres of land near the town of Concord in the US state of Massachusetts and began breeding experiments with wild grapevines and other fruits. His efforts were not successful at first, as severe winters with frosts destroyed his harvests. Then, in 1843, he planted the seeds of a wild vine of the species Vitis labrusca, which grew en masse in the forests of New England. From 22,000 seedlings, he selected a single vine that he found worthy of further propagation in six years of painstaking work by 1849. He continued to work with this vine and in 1853 introduced the vine which was then named Concord in 1854.