Amasa Leland Stanford (March 9, 1824 – June 21, 1893) was an American industrialist and politician. A member of the Republican Party, he served as the 8th Governor of California from 1862 to 1863 and represented California in the United States Senate from 1885 until his death in 1893. He and his wife Jane were also the founders of Stanford University, which they named after their late son. Prior to his political career, Stanford was a successful merchant and wholesaler who built his business empire after migrating to California during the Gold Rush. As president of the Central Pacific Railroad and later the Southern Pacific from 1885 to 1890, he held tremendous power in the region and a lasting impact on California. Stanford is widely considered a robber baron.
|United States Senator|
March 4, 1885 – June 21, 1893
|Preceded by||James T. Farley|
|Succeeded by||George Clement Perkins|
|8th Governor of California|
January 10, 1862 – December 10, 1863
|Lieutenant||John F. Chellis|
|Preceded by||John Gately Downey|
|Succeeded by||Frederick Ferdinand Low|
Amasa Leland Stanford
March 9, 1824
Watervliet, New York, U.S.
|Died||June 21, 1893 69) (aged|
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
|Political party||Republican (from 1856)|
|Whig (until 1856)|
|Children||Leland Stanford Jr.|
|Alma mater||Cazenovia Seminary|