Railroad Baron and/or Industrial Philanthropist: Leland Stanford, born 1824 March 9th

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Gavin and Wyatt escort Leland Stanford as he leaves his brownstone home.

Leland Stanford (born March 9, 1824,) was either a “robber baron” or a “industrial philanthropist” depending on one’s view.   His efforts contributed to the first transcontinental railroad.  He held political positions as California governor (1862-1863) and senatorial office (188-1893) which assisted in his industrial endeavors.  He founded Stanford University in 1885.  Thus, he played an instrumental role in railroad development and educational endowment in California.

LELAND STANFORD QUOTES:

I am in favor of carrying out the Declaration of Independence to women as well as men. Women having to suffer the burdens of society and government should have their equal rights in it. They do not receive their rights in full proportion.

Laboring men can perform for themselves the office of becoming their own employers.

The rights of one sex, political and otherwise, are the same as those of the other sex, and this equality of rights ought to be fully recognized.

Government itself is founded upon the great doctrine of the consent of the governed, and has its cornerstone in the memorable principle that men are endowed with inalienable rights.

When money is controlled by a few it gives that few an undue power and control over labor and the resources of the country. Labor will have its best return when the laborer can control its disposal.

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