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Amasa Leland Stanford, known as Leland Stanford, was a son of Josiah Stanford and Elizabeth Phillips, born in the town of Watervliet, New York, on March 9, 1824. 
He attended Clinton Liberal Institute and Cazenovia Seminary. At the age of 21 he entered a law office in Albany, New York. In 1848 he was admitted to the bar and went to Wisconsin where he began the practice of law.
He was married to Jane Elizabeth Lathrop in Albany on September 30, 1850.
In 1852 he went to California and operated a store in mining country until 1856, when he settled in Sacramento.
He entered politics in California and in 1861 was elected governor of the state after an unsuccessful run for that office two years earlier.
Also in 1861 he was one of the four investors (with Charles Crocker, Mark Hopkins, and Collis P. Huntington) who founded the Central Pacific Railroad. From the beginning until his death he served as president and director. The Central Pacific Railroad was completed in 1869 and brought great wealth to Leland Stanford and his associates.
In 1885 he became a United States Senator.
His only child, Leland Stanford, Jr., died as a teenager of typhoid fever in Florence, Italy, in 1884 while on a trip to Europe. Stanford and his wife Jane subsequently founded Leland Stanford Junior University as a memorial for their son.
Leland Stanford was re-elected to a second term in the United States Senate in 1891, but his health began to fail not long thereafter. He died at his home in Palo Alto, California, on June 21, 1893.
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