|Leland Stanford, born in 1824 in Watervliet, New York. Served as the first Governor of California, Instrumental in keeping California loyal to the Union during the Civil War. Later served as a United States Senator from California. Died in 1893 while serving in the Senate.|
Stanford, along with Charles Crocker, Mark Hopkins,and Collis Huntington, built Califonia during the 1840's and 50's.