Leland Stanford

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.[1] 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.[2][3][4][5][6]

Leland Stanford
Stanford circa 1870
United States Senator
from California
In office
March 4, 1885  June 21, 1893
Preceded byJames T. Farley
Succeeded byGeorge Clement Perkins
8th Governor of California
In office
January 10, 1862  December 10, 1863
LieutenantJohn F. Chellis
Preceded byJohn Gately Downey
Succeeded byFrederick Ferdinand Low
Personal details
Amasa Leland Stanford

(1824-03-09)March 9, 1824
Watervliet, New York, U.S.
DiedJune 21, 1893(1893-06-21) (aged 69)
Palo Alto, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican (from 1856)
Other political
Whig (until 1856)
(m. 1850)
ChildrenLeland Stanford Jr.
Alma materCazenovia Seminary
ProfessionBusinessman, politician