Stanford, Amasa Leland

Life Span
to
Full name
Amasa Leland Stanford
Place of Birth
Burial Place
Birth Date Certainty
Exact
Death Date Certainty
Exact
Gender
Male
Race
White
Sectional choice
North
Origins
Free State
No. of Spouses
1
No. of Children
1
Family
Josiah Stanford (father), Elizabeth Phillips Stanford (mother), Jane Elizabeth Lathrop (wife), Leland Stanford, Jr. (son, 1868-1884) 
Education
Other
Other Education
Clinton Liberal Institute (NY); Cazenovia Seminary (NY)
Occupation
Politician
Attorney or Judge
Businessman
Relation to Slavery
White non-slaveholder
Political Parties
Whig
Republican
Government
US Senate
Governor

Amasa Leland Stanford (Congressional Biographical Directory)

Reference
STANFORD, Leland, a Senator from California; born in Watervliet, N.Y., March 9, 1824; pursued an academic course; studied law; admitted to practice in 1848; moved to Port Washington, Wis., the same year and engaged in the practice of law; moved to California in 1852 and opened a general store for miners first in Cold Springs and then in 1855 moved to Sacramento and engaged in mercantile pursuits on a large scale; one of the ‘big four’ who built the Central Pacific Railroad, serving as its president in 1863; involved in several railroads in the West; founder of Leland Stanford Junior University; Governor of California 1861-1863; returned to private business; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1885; reelected in 1891 and served from March 4, 1885, until his death in Palo Alto, Calif., June 21, 1893; chairman, Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Fiftieth through Fifty-second Congresses); interment in a masoleum on the grounds of Stanford University.
“Stanford, Leland,” Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 to Present, http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=S000793.
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