|United States Senator|
March 4, 1885 – June 21, 1893
|Preceded by||James T. Farley|
|Succeeded by||George Clement Perkins|
|8th Governor of California|
January 10, 1862 – December 10, 1863
|Lieutenant||John F. Chellis|
|Preceded by||John Gately Downey|
|Succeeded by||Frederick Ferdinand Low|
Amasa Leland Stanford
March 9, 1824
Watervliet, New York
|Died||June 21, 1893 (aged 69)|
Palo Alto, California
Jane Elizabeth Lathrop
(m. 1850; his death 1893)
|Children||Leland Stanford Jr.|
|Alma mater||Cazenovia Seminary|
Amasa Leland Stanford (March 9, 1824 – June 21, 1893) was an American tycoon, industrialist, politician. He was also the founder of Stanford University along with his wife, Jane Stanford. He came to California with his brothers in 1852 and they were successful in selling tools and mining equipment.
Leland joined with three other Sacramento merchants to form a group who called themselves “The Associates.” It was these men—Charles Crocker, Mark Hopkins, Collis P. Huntington, and, as President, himself. They bonded together as a team to build the first Transcontinental Railway. His role with them drove his politics, and his success in politics for what he was trying to do for Sacramento and California was very much driven by his position as the head of Southern Pacific Railroad.
Stanford was a white supremacist. In 1859, he wrote:
I am in favor of free white American citizens. I prefer free white citizens to any other race. I prefer the white man to the negro as an inhabitant to our country.
He spent one two-year term as Governor of California after his election in 1861. He later spent eight years as a United States Senator.
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- ↑ Burlingame, Dwight (August 19, 2004). Philanthropy in America: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO. p. 456. ISBN 978-1-57607-860-0.
- ↑ Leigh, Phil (2017-05-29). "Should Stanford University Change its Name?". Civil War Chat. Retrieved 2020-11-17.