Leland Stanford, of San Francisco, was born in Albany County, New York, March 9, 1824; received an academical education; entered the law office of Wheaton, Doolittle & Hadley, at Albany, in 1846, and after three years' study was admitted to practise law in the Supreme Court of the State of New York ; removed to Port Washington, in the northern part of the State of Wisconsin, where he was engaged in the practice of his profession for four years; a fire in the spring of 1852 destroying his law library and other property, he went to California, where he became associated in business with his brothers, three of whom had preceded him to the Pacific Coast: he was at first in business at Michigan Bluffs, and in 1856 removed to San Francisco to engage in mercantile pursuits on a large scale; was a Delegate to the National Republican Convention at Chicago in 1860; was elected Governor of California, and served from December, 1861, to December, 1863; as President of the Central Pacific Railroad Company he superintended its construction over the mountains, building 530 miles of it in 293 days ; he is interested in other railroads on the Pacific Slope, in agriculture, and in manufactures. He was elected to the United States Senate, as a Republican, in the place of T. T. Farley, Democrat, and took his seat March 4, 1885. His term of service will expire March 3, 1891.
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