Stanford, Leland, 1824-1893

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1824-03-09
Death 1893-06-21
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Lawyer born in Albany, New York but moved to California where he became active in the Republican Party, running for governor and losing in 1860. Later president of the Union Pacific Railroad and founder of Stanford University.

From the description of Letter, March 14, 1861. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 55662301

Leland Stanford was born March 9, 1824 in Waltervliet Township, New York. He was admitted to the practice of law in 1848 and married Jane Lathrop in 1850. In 1852 Stanford moved to California where he first worked as a storekeeper in Mother Lode mining camps and later became a successful Sacramento businessman. Stanford was a leader in organizing the Republican party in California and was elected governor in 1861 at the age of 37. Early in the 1860s Stanford joined with three other Sacramento merchants--Charles Crocker, Mark Hopkins, and Collis P. Huntington--in the building of the Central Pacific Railroad. In 1884, Leland and Jane founded Leland Stanford Jr. University in memory of their son. Stanford died June 21, 1893 during his second term as United States Senator.

From the description of Leland Stanford papers, 1840-1896. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702912915

American railroad builder, politician, and philanthropist. He served as the governor of California 1861-1863.

From the description of Letter, 1862. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122622354

Senator Leland Stanford, formerly President of the Southern Pacific Company and Governor of California (1861-1863), died in 1893 shortly after the opening of Leland Stanford Junior University (1891). Due to a federal suit against the Stanford estate, probate proceedings were not concluded until 1898.

From the description of Leland Stanford will and probate documents, 1898. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 702912812

Stanford, railroad magnate, founded Stanford University.

From the description of DS, 1869 September 18 : Sacramento. Deed. Western Pacific Railroad Company of California. (Copley Press, J S Copley Library). WorldCat record id: 17437124

At the time of the letter, Butler Ives was an assistant engineer with the Central Pacific Railroad.

From the description of Leland Stanford letter to Butler Ives, 1869. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 754863598

Biographical/Historical Sketch

At the time of the letter, Butler Ives was an assistant engineer with the Central Pacific Railroad.

From the guide to the Leland Stanford letter to Butler Ives, 1869, (Department of Special Collections and University Archives)

BIOGRAPHY

Leland Stanford was born March 9, 1824 in Waltervliet Township, New York. He was admitted to the practice of law in 1848 and married Jane Lathrop in 1850. In 1852 Stanford moved to California where he first worked as a storekeeper in Mother Lode mining camps and later became a successful Sacramento businessman. Stanford was a leader in organizing the Republican party in California and was elected governor in 1861 at the age of 37. Early in the 1860s Stanford joined with three other Sacramento merchants--Charles Crocker, Mark Hopkins, and Collis P. Huntington--in the building of the Central Pacific Railroad. In 1884, Leland and Jane founded Leland Stanford Jr. University in memory of their son. Stanford died June 21, 1893 during his second term as United States Senator.

From the guide to the Leland Stanford papers, 1841-1897, (Department of Special Collections and University Archives)

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Subjects:

  • Exposition
  • Universities and colleges--Administration
  • Railroads--Management
  • Political conventions
  • Deeds
  • National Museum
  • Governors--Biography--Sources
  • Railroads

Occupations:

  • Lawyers
  • Statesmen

Places:

  • Amador County (Calif.) (as recorded)
  • California (as recorded)
  • California (as recorded)
  • Vina Ranch (Calif.) (as recorded)
  • California (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)