Leland Stanford

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Birthday
9, 1824
Birthplace
Watervilet, NY
Death Date
Jun 21, 1893 (69)
Birth Sign
Pisces
Birthday
9, 1824
Birthplace
Watervilet, NY
Death Date
Jun 21, 1893 (69)

About

Former California governor who founded what became Stanford University. He was president of both the Southern Pacific and Central Pacific railroads.

Before Fame

He practiced law in Wisconsin. His university started out on 650 acres in Rancho San Francisquito.

Trivia

He contributed to the organization of the California Republican Party in 1856.

Family Life

He married Jane Elizabeth Lathrop, the daughter of a city merchant. They founded Stanford University in the memory of their late son Leland Stanford Jr.

Associated With

His university's first admitted student was future president of the United States Herbert Hoover.