Leland Standford (1824-1893) – Industrialist & Politician
Leland Standford migrated to California from New York at the time of the Gold Rush and became a successful merchant and wholesaler, and continued to build his business empire. He served one two-year term as governor of California and, later, eight years as a U.S. senator. As president of Southern Pacific and Central Pacific railroads, he had tremendous power in the region and a lasting impact on California. In 1884, following the death of their son, the Standfords decided to establish two institutions in Leland Junior’s name – the University and a museum. From the outset, some untraditional choices were made: the university would be coeducational; non-denominational; and avowedly practical, producing “cultural and useful citizens.” On October 1, 1891, Standford University opened its doors after six years of planning and building. The first student body consisted of 555 men and women and the original faculty of 15 was expanded to 49 for the second year.
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