(1824-1893)Tycoon, industrialist, and politician Leland Stanford moved to Port Washington, Wisconsin, from Albany, New York in 1848, shortly after entering the bar. After Port Washington's 1852 fire destroyed his law office, which was located in the block across the street, Stanford moved to California, where his five brothers had already found success as Gold Rush merchants. Stanford became a wealthy merchant himself and eventually was president of the Central Pacific Railroad (1861-1893). He oversaw the completion of the western portion of the nation's first transcontinental railroad and presided at the driving of the "last spike" in Promontory, Utah, on May 10, 1869. In addition, he served as California's governor (1862-1863) and US senator (1885-1893). In 1884, the death of his only son prompted Leland Stanford to found and endow Stanford University.
|Placed By||Wisconsin Historical Society|
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|Date Added||Monday, January 19th, 2015 at 1:04pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16T E 429534 N 4804333|
|Decimal Degrees||43.38856667, -87.87001667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 43° 23.314', W 87° 52.201'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||43° 23' 18.84" N, 87° 52' 12.06" W|
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|Which side of the road?||Marker is on the right when traveling West|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 112 E Main St, Port Washington WI 53074, US|
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