Leland Stanford

Mar 9, 1824 - Jun 21, 1893

Amasa Leland Stanford was an American tycoon, industrialist, politician, and the founder of Stanford University. Migrating to California from New York at the time of the Gold Rush, he became a successful merchant and wholesaler, and continued to build his business empire. He spent one two-year term as Governor of California after his election in 1861, and later eight years as a senator from the state. As president of Southern Pacific Railroad and, beginning in 1861, Central Pacific, he had tremendous power in the region and a lasting impact on California. He is widely considered a robber baron.
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“The employee is regarded by the employer merely in the light of his value as an operative. His productive capacity alone is taken into account.”

Leland Stanford
Mar 9, 1824 - Jun 21, 1893
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