Lord & Taylor, based in New York City, New York, is the oldest upscale department store chain in the United States.
Lord and Taylor began in New York in 1826, as a small dry goods store owned by cousins Samuel Lord and George Washington Taylor, immigrants to New York. They located their store near the North River waterfront in New York’s Greenwich Village.
The store later moved to a place uptown on the Ladies’ Mile, which catered to the wealthier clientele of the “carriage trade.” The enterprise became a major fashion retailer, and the first major store on Fifth Avenue.
Note: George Washington Taylor was the half-brother of Elizabeth Lazerlier Van Pelt, my great-great-great-grandmother. George Washington Taylor Myers was the grandson of Elizabeth Lazerlier Van Pelt. It would seem his parents, Martin D. and Jane Ann Van Pelt Myers named him after his Grandmother Elizabeth’s younger half-brother.