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American Leland STANFORD

born Amasa Leland STANFORD

American tycoon, industrialist, robber baron, politician and founder of Stanford University

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on March 09, 1824 in Watervliet, New York, USA
Died: on June 21, 1893 in Palo Alto, California, USA


Stanford was born in what was then Watervliet, New York (now the Town of Colonie). He was one of eight children of Josiah and Elizabeth Phillips Stanford. New York State Senator Charles Stanford (1819–1885) was his brother. His immigrant ancestor, Thomas Stanford, settled in Charlestown, Massachusetts, in the 17th century. Later ancestors settled in the eastern Mohawk Valley of central New York about 1720.

Stanford's father was a farmer of some means. Stanford was raised on family farms in the Lisha Kill and Roessleville (after 1836) areas of Watervliet. The family home in Roessleville was called Elm Grove. The Elm Grove home was razed in the 1940s. Stanford attended the common schools until 1836 and was tutored at home until 1839. He attended Clinton Liberal Institute, in Clinton, New York, and studied law at Cazenovia Seminary in Cazenovia, New York in 1841-45. In 1845, he entered the law office of Wheaton, Doolittle and Hadley in Albany.

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