SAMUEL WESTERVELT is of the seventh generation from Lubbert Lubbertsen, the first emigrant, and was born at Tenafly, Bergen County, N. J., on the 16th of August, 1853, being the son of David L. Westervelt and Sophia Parsels, and a grandson of John R. Westervelt and Samuel Parsels. He received his education in the Bergen County public schools, and at the age of seventeen associated himself with the well known firm of Lord & Taylor, of New York City, with which he has remained for twenty-eight years, and where he now holds a responsible position. This house is widely known as one of the leading dry goods establishments in the East, and has few equals in the quality or kind of its business. As an attaché of this great establishment Mr. Westervelt has displayed the highest business abilities, great executive energy, and superior judgment. He is a public spirited, patriotic, and progressive citizen, and as a resident of Tenafly, Bergen County, has taken an active interest in local public affairs. He has served two years as President of the Board of Education and still holds that office, and is also Trustee and Treasurer, as well as a member of the Presbyterian Church of Tenafly.
Mr. Westervelt married Miss Charlotte E. Bolden, and they have four children: Florence E., born I 1880; Ralph E., born in 1884; James B., born in 1887; and Martha B., born in 1891.
Source: Genealogical History of Hudson and Bergen Counties, New Jersey, Editor, Cornelius Burnham Harvey, The New Jersey Genealogical Publishing Company, 1900, page 100.