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By Roland De Wolk

The lifetime of Leland Stanford might learn like a tall story of the outdated West. Born right into a farming kin in upstate long island, Stanford went directly to learn legislations, paintings the California Gold Rush, oversee the development of the Transcontinental Railroad, and function governor of California and a US senator. He then went directly to came upon one of many maximum and such a lot prestigious universities on the earth. Stanford lived huge and bold?amassing an spectacular fortune, in basic terms to die near to bankruptcy.

In Stanford, Roland De Wolk balances the accomplishments of this crucial self-made American guy with the darker facets of his existence. He indicates how Stanford used excessive public place of work to empty taxpayers, farmers, and retailers of thousands, which he, in flip, squandered on mansions, race horses, jewels and great landholdings. Even the eponymous collage in Silicon Valley?created from the biggest deepest college endowment of all time?was born of tragedy, a memorial for Stanford?s fifteen-year-old son who died from typhoid fever.

Although deeply conservative in trust and elegance, Leland Stanford?s existence was once certainly one of nearly extraordinary threat, failure, and gift. For his legacy in company and schooling, he merits to be as remembered within the comparable ranks as Vanderbilt, Carnegie, and Rockefeller. Richly precise and deeply researched, Stanford is helping repair his rightful position as an architect of contemporary America.

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