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us: Stanford, Leland, 1824-1893


  • [Leland Stanford, California businessman and politician, was born March 9, 1824, grew up in New York State, and moved to California in 1852. He became particularly known as the president of the Central Pacific Railroad Company (from 1861); a governor of California (1861-1863); a Republican U.S. senator (elected 1885); and the co-founder, with his wife Jane Lathrop Stanford, of Stanford University (opened 1891). He died June 21, 1893, in Palo Alto, California.]

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    • us: Stanford, Mr. (Leland), 1824-1893
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    • found: In the Senate of the United States. May 12, 1890, 1890: p. 1 (Mr. Stanford, from the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds)
    • found: Biog. dir. of the U.S. Cong. online, viewed May 24, 2010 (Stanford, Leland, a Senator from Calif.; b. Mar. 9, 1824; d. June 21, 1893; one of the 'big four' who built the Central Pacific Railroad; founder of Leland Stanford Junior Univ.; gov. of Calif., 1861-1863)
    • found: Stanford University Web site, 2 Jan. 2013: About Stanford (Leland and Jane Stanford founded the University; opened its doors in 1891) History, etc. (Leland Stanford; born March 9, 1824; grew up and studied law in New York State; law practice in Port Washington, Wisconsin; married Jane Elizabeth Lathrop in Albany, N.Y., on September 30, 1850; in 1852, soon after fire destroyed law office, he moved to California, where he made his fortune in the railroads and became a leader of the Republican Party; in 1861, became president of the Central Pacific Railroad and elected governor of California; Jan. 28, 1885, Leland Stanford elected U.S. senator from California; he and Jane lived in Sacramento, later built mansion on Nob Hill in San Francisco; Leland Stanford purchased signficant acreage in northern California; the Stanfords decided to found a university and a museum to memorialize their only son, Leland, Jr.; died June 21, 1893, at his home in Palo Alto)
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    • [Leland Stanford, California businessman and politician, was born March 9, 1824, grew up in New York State, and moved to California in 1852. He became particularly known as the president of the Central Pacific Railroad Company (from 1861); a governor of California (1861-1863); a Republican U.S. senator (elected 1885); and the co-founder, with his wife Jane Lathrop Stanford, of Stanford University (opened 1891). He died June 21, 1893, in Palo Alto, California.]
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