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 Josiah Stanford

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Josiah Stanford

  • Birth 1793
  • Death 1862
  • Burial Menands, Albany County, New York, USA
  • Plot Section 18, Lot 105
  • Memorial ID 13264401

Stanford Family, Josiah and Elizabeth (1793-1862), (1792-1873) Parents of Leland Stanford, Governor of California, President of Central Pacific Railroad. He drove the golden spike to unite the East Coast with the West Coast and founded Stanford University in honor of his son. Josiah was a farmer and road and railroad builder. He participated in the construction of the Albany-Schenectady Turnpike. He was one of the contractors who built the Mohawk and Hudson River Railroad between Albany and Schenectady, the first passenger railroad in the United States. He probably participated as a contractor in the construction of the Erie Canal. He owned a farm and tavern (“Elm Grove”) on the west end of the Albany–Schenectady Turnpike (State Road and later Central Avenue) in the Lisha Kill section of the Town of Colonie.


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  • Created by: Gregory Speciale
  • Added: 7 Feb 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 13264401
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Josiah Stanford (1793–1862), Find A Grave Memorial no. 13264401, citing Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, Albany County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Gregory Speciale (contributor 31762373) .