Leland Stanford

U.S. Congressperson

1824 – 1893

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Who was Leland Stanford?

Amasa Leland Stanford was an American tycoon, industrialist, politician and founder of Stanford University. Migrating to California from New York at the time of the Gold Rush, he became a successful merchant and wholesaler, and continued to build his business empire. He served one two-year term as governor of California after his election in 1861, and later eight years as senator from the state. As president of Southern Pacific and, beginning in 1861, Central Pacific, he had tremendous power in the region and a lasting impact on California. Many considered him a robber baron.

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Born
Mar 9, 1824
Watervliet (town), New York
Also known as
  • Amasa Leland Stanford
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Ethnicity
  • Americans
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Cazenovia College
Lived in
  • California
Died
Jun 21, 1893
Palo Alto

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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