Leland Stanford

Amasa Leland Stanford (1824 - 1893)

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Amasa Leland (Leland) Stanford
Born in Watervliet (town), New Yorkmap
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Died in Palo Alto, Californiamap
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Categories: Watervliet (town), New York | Palo Alto, California | Stanford Family Mausoleum, Palo Alto, California | US Senators from California | California Governors | California Notables.

Preceded by
7th Governor
John G. Downey

Preceded by
James T. Farley
Leland Stanford
8th Governor
of California
California Seal

US Senator (Class 3)
from California
Seal of the US Senate
Succeeded by
9th Governor
Frederick Low

Succeeded by
George Clement Perkins


Leland Stanford is Notable.

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. [2]

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.

Stephen Thornton Gage was one of the executors of his estate. [3]


  1. Died in office, vacant June 21, 1893 – July 26, 1893 when successor appointed.
  2. Stanford, page 26
  3. "The Topeka State Journal", (Topeka, Kansas), 1918-Nov-13, page 1, article entitled "Norris Gage Dies", https://www.newspapers.com/image/324357956

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