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Amasa Leland Stanford                                                           
8th Governor of California                                                     
In office                                                                       
January 10, 1862 - December 10, 1863                                           
Lieutenant John F. Chellis                                                     
Preceded by John G. Downey                                                     
Succeeded by Frederick Low                                                     
US Senator from California                                                     
In office                                                                       
1885 - 1893                                                                     
Preceded by James T. Farley                                                     
Succeeded by George C. Perkins                                                 
Born March 9, 1824                                                             
Watervliet, New York                                                           
Died June 21, 1893 (aged 69)                                                   
Palo Alto, California                                                           
Political party Republican                                                     
Spouse Jane Elizabeth Lathrop                                                   
Profession Entrepreneur, politician                                             
Amasa Leland Stanford (March 9, 1824 - June 21, 1893) was an American tycoon,   
politician and founder of Stanford University.                                 
He was born in Watervliet, New York, one of eight children of Josiah and       
Elizabeth Phillips Stanford. Stanford's ancestors settled in the Mohawk Valley 
of New York around 1720. He attended Clinton Liberal Institute, in Clinton, New 
York, and studied law at Cazenovia Seminary in Cazenovia, New York and later in 
Albany. He was admitted to the bar in 1848, and then moved to Port Washington, 
Wisconsin, where he began law practice with Wesley Pierce. He married Jane     
Elizabeth Lathrop in Albany on September 30, 1850, the same year he was         
nominated by the Whig Party as Washington County, Wisconsin, District Attorney. 
He was also the founder of the newspaper in Washington County now known as the 
Washington Herald.