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Erastus Aurelian Lord

Home Town:
Litchfield, CT
Later Residences:
Boston, MA
Baltimore, MD
Litchfield, CT
Charlotte Dorman Lord (unknown)
Biographical Notes:
Erastus Lord was born in Litchfield in 1792. He was trained as a bookbinder and began his career in Boston, Massachusetts. Unable to open his own shop, he worked out of the general goods story of family friend John Neal. When Neal and Lord’s brother in-law John Pierpont decided to open a store in Baltimore, Maryland, Lord followed.

He returned to Litchfield a few years later in 1822 and opened a “pocket book manufactury” on North Street where he advertised all type of leather covered goods including portfolios, pocket books or wallets, sewing cases and jewelry cases. He quickly expanded moving his shop into the town center on West Street and renaming his business Lord’s Book and Variety Shop. His stock increased in variety as Lord attempted to appeal to a broader audience of ...

Profession / Service
Manufacturer; Other

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