Jane Stanford

Portrait of Leland and Jane Stanford in 1850
Headline of the San Francisco Evening Bulletin on 1 March 1905, reporting Stanford's death.

Co-founder of Stanford University in 1885 (opened 1891) along with her husband, Leland Stanford, as a memorial to their only child, Leland Stanford Jr., who died of typhoid fever in 1884 at the age of 15.

- Jane Stanford

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Leland Stanford Jr.

Leland Stanford in 1872
Leland Stanford's death mask on display at the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts

Leland Stanford Jr. (May 14, 1868 – March 13, 1884), known as Leland DeWitt Stanford until he was nine, was the only son of American industrialist and politician Leland Stanford and his wife Jane.

Leland Stanford

American industrialist and politician.

Stanford circa 1870
A historical marker was erected in Port Washington, WI in 2014 to honor Leland Stanford's residency
Photo of a monument in Michigan Bluff, California
Pacific Railroad Bond, City, and County of San Francisco, 1865
Leland Stanford and the officers of the CPRR in 1870
Muybridge's The Horse in Motion, 1878
The Stanford residence in Palo Alto, 1888
Stanford in 1890.
The Memorial Church at Stanford University is dedicated to the memory of Leland Stanford.
Leland Stanford, Jean-Louis-Ernest Meissonier, 1881, Stanford museum

He and his wife Jane were also the founders of Stanford University, which they named after their late son.

David Starr Jordan

The founding president of Stanford University, serving from 1891 to 1913.

Portrait of Susan Bowen Jordan in 1879
The former Jordan Hall at Stanford University in May 2020 (now known as Building 420)

In March 1891, he was approached by Leland and Jane Stanford, who offered him the presidency of Leland Stanford Junior University, which was about to open in California.

Stanford University

Private research university located in the census-designated place of Stanford, California, near the city of Palo Alto.

Statue of the Stanford family on the Stanford University campus
Center of the campus in 1891.
Ichthyologist and founding president of Stanford, David Starr Jordan.
William Shockley, Stanford professor, Nobel laureate in physics, "Father of Silicon Valley"
An aerial photograph of the center of the Stanford University campus in 2008.
Marc Tessier-Lavigne is the president of Stanford University.
The original Golden spike on display at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University
Hoover Tower, inspired by the cathedral tower at Salamanca in Spain
Green Library
Bronze statues by Auguste Rodin are scattered throughout the campus, including these Burghers of Calais.
Felix Bloch, physics professor, 1952 Nobel laureate for his work at Stanford
Vint Cerf (BS 1965), co-leader of the Stanford team that designed the architecture of the internet
Many students use bicycles to get around the large campus.
The Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band rallies football fans with arrangements of "All Right Now" and other contemporary music.
Herbert Hoover (BS 1895), 31st President of the United States, founder of Hoover Institution at Stanford, recipient of the Uncommon Man award
John F. Kennedy (attended 1940 ), 35th President of the United States
Interior of the Stanford Memorial Church at the center of the Main Quad
Hoover Tower, at {{convert|285|ft|m}}, the tallest building on campus
thumb|The new (2006) Stanford Stadium, site of home football games
Stanford Quad with Memorial Church in the background
The Dish, a {{convert|150|ft|m}} diameter radio telescope on the Stanford foothills overlooking the main campus
White Memorial Fountain (The Claw)

Stanford was founded in 1885 by Leland and Jane Stanford in memory of their only child, Leland Stanford Jr., who had died of typhoid fever at age 15 the previous year.

Stanford University Libraries

Library system of Stanford University in California.

Green Library
The ruins of the unfinished Stanford Library after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake
Stanford co-founder Jane Stanford directed that her jewels be sold to endow library acquisitions
Hoover Tower, home of the Hoover Institution Library and Archives

But in 1905 Jane Stanford directed that after her death, her jewels should be sold and the funds used as a permanent endowment "to be used exclusively for the purchase of books and other publications."

Lathrop, California

City located 9 mi south of Stockton in San Joaquin County, California, United States.

Lathrop railroad station (1889) where former CA chief justice David Terry assaulted US supreme court justice Stephen Field and was shot by Field's bodyguard

The city was named for Jane Stanford, née Lathrop, wife of Leland Stanford.

Albany Academy for Girls

Independent college-preparatory day school for girls in Albany, New York, United States, enrolling students from Preschool to Grade 12.

Albany Female Academy building, c.1901

Jane Stanford, co-founder of Stanford University alongside her husband Leland Stanford

Edward Alsworth Ross

Progressive American sociologist, eugenicist, economist, and major figure of early criminology.

From the George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress)

In response, Jane Stanford called for his resignation.

Strychnine poisoning

Strychnine poisoning can be fatal to humans and other animals and can occur by inhalation, swallowing or absorption through eyes or mouth.


Jane Stanford, co-founder of Stanford University and wife of California governor Leland Stanford, died from strychnine poisoning in 1905. Her last recorded words were "My jaws are stiff. This is a horrible death to die." Her murderer was never identified.

Moana Hotel

Historic hotel building in Honolulu, Hawaii, located at 2365 Kalākaua Avenue in the Waikiki neighborhood.

Moana Hotel entrance
Original 1901 wing
Moana, with 1969 Surfrider tower behind it
The porte cochere, recreated in the 1989 restoration.
Porte cochere
Capital of Corinthian column
Carpet with breadfruit patterns
Hawaiian canoe paddles on wall
View from oceanfront guestroom
Banquet at the hotel, 1905

In February 1905, Jane Stanford, co-founder of Stanford University, died of strychnine poisoning in a room at the Moana Hotel.