Grant Colfax Tullar was named after the American president and vice-president, Ulysses S. Grant & Schuyler Colfax. His father was unable to work, having been wounded in the American civil war Battle of . So, after Tullar’s mother died when he was two years old, the family split up. Grant had no settled home after that day until he became an adult.
As a child, he worked in a woolen mill and as a shoe clerk, and received virtually no education or religious training. He came to Christ at age 19 at a camp meeting near , Connecticut. He then attended the Academy in New Jersey. Ordained a Methodist minister, he pastored for a short time in , Delaware, then became a full time evangelist. In 1893, he and Isaac Meredith founded the Tullar-Meredith music publishing house in . His works include:
- Sermons in Song, with Isaac Meredith ( , Illinois: Tullar-Meredith, 1893)
- Sunday School Hymns No. 1 (Chicago, Illinois: Tullar-Meredith, 1903)
- The Bible School Hymnal, with Isaac Meredith (New York: Tullar-Meredith, 1907)
- Sunday School Hymns No. 2, with Isaac Meredith (Chicago, Illinois: Tullar-Meredith, 1912)