Wednesday, December 31, 2014 by Don Surber
Leland Stanford: After the Gold Rush
My American Vignettes series on exceptional Americans takes a look at Amasa Leland Stanford, the merchant to the gold miners who became a railroad tycoon, governor, U.S. senator, and founder of Stanford University.
The urban legend holds that a haughty secretary sneered at two country bumpkins who wanted to see the president of Harvard. The couple told him their son had attended Harvard for a year, and had died in an accident. They wanted to build a memorial to him.
The secretary said Harvard could not erect memorials to every student, so the couple went home to California and founded Stanford.
That story is bogus. The real account is more heartbreaking... http://donsurber.blogspot.com/2014/12/leland-stanford-after-gold-rush.html
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