Leland Stanford - Stanford, CA
Posted by: saopaulo1
N 37° 26.187 W 122° 10.193
10S E 573437 N 4143614
Quick Description: Mausoleum of one of California's governors. The burial place is on the campus of Stanford University.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 1/5/2009 2:03:34 PM
Waymark Code: WM5GX4
"Amasa Leland Stanford (9 March 1824 – 21 June 1893) was an American tycoon, politician and founder of Stanford University.
Stanford, a leading member of the Republican Party, was politically active. In 1856, he met with other Whig politicians in Sacramento to organize the California Republican Party at its first state convention on April 30. He was chosen as a delegate to the Republican Party convention which selected US presidential electors in both 1856 and 1860. Stanford was defeated in his 1857 bid for California State Treasurer, and his 1859 bid for the office of Governor of California. In 1860 he was named a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Chicago but did not attend. He was finally elected governor in 1861.
He was the eighth Governor of California, serving from December 1861 to December 1863, and the first Republican governor. A large, slow-speaking man who always read from a prepared text, he impressed his listeners as being more sincere than a glib, extemporaneous speaker. During his gubernatorial tenure, he cut the state's debt in half, and advocated for the conservation of forests. He also oversaw the establishment of the California's first state normal school in San José, later to become San José State University. Following Stanford's governorship, the term of office changed from two years to four years, in line with legislation passed during his time in office.
Later, he served in the United States Senate from 1885 until his death in 1893. He served for four years as Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds, and also served on the Naval Committee. In Washington, D.C., he had a residence on Farragut Square near the home of Baron Karl von Struve, Russian minister to the United States."