Leland's legacy: How a robber baron built Stanford and transformed America | Town Square | Palo Alto Online |

Town Square

Post a New Topic

Leland's legacy: How a robber baron built Stanford and transformed America

Original post made on Feb 20, 2020

A new biography from Bay Area journalist Roland De Wolk says Leland Stanford was a ruthless capitalist who cheated taxpayers -- and became the godfather of modern tech.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, February 20, 2020, 4:32 PM

Comments (8)

18 people like this
Posted by student
a resident of Stanford
on Feb 20, 2020 at 5:18 pm

Stanford is removing the name of Junipero Serra from campus properties because of his role in terrorizing and enslaving Native Americans. Should Stanford also remove the name of Leland Stanford because of crimes against the United States of America?


14 people like this
Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 20, 2020 at 6:01 pm

Posted by student, a resident of Stanford

>> Should Stanford also remove the name of Leland Stanford because of crimes against the United States of America?

If you really are a Stanford student, it is odd that you never noticed that the University is named after his son, Leland Stanford, Jr, who died of typhoid at age 15. Web Link. Look at the University Seal. Web Link


8 people like this
Posted by I am a Pulitzer winner. Also a brain surgeon.
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Feb 20, 2020 at 6:14 pm

Same poster is a lawyer in another thread, a climate scientist in a third, a substance abuse researcher in the car theft thread.

We are very lucky to be in the presence of such greatness.

Perhaps they could enlighten us on our current income inequality compared to the days of the robber barons.


12 people like this
Posted by 2+2=something
a resident of Community Center
on Feb 20, 2020 at 6:50 pm

Esteemed company. Did I mention that I am a Field recipient?

Inequality is worse than then, worse than the gilded age also. Trump's tax cut for billionaires wAs a slap in the face of his base.


2 people like this
Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Feb 20, 2020 at 10:13 pm

^ You all lost me somewhere ...


6 people like this
Posted by Sounds Familiar
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 21, 2020 at 4:02 pm

quote: "He was an uneducated anti-intellectual, yet defined himself as "a technologist" and wanted Stanford University to thrive as a trade school. He played a major role in vaulting America into peak ascendancy, yet had few qualms bilking taxpayers out of millions of dollars in the process (before going on to be a U.S. Senator)."

^^^ Leland Stanford has come back (via reincarnation) but on a far larger scale!


3 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 24, 2020 at 7:27 am

^^ "Leland Stanford has come back (via reincarnation) but on a far larger scale!"

Would that be Jeff Bezos?


13 people like this
Posted by Stanford vs Trump University
a resident of Community Center
on Feb 24, 2020 at 12:28 pm

Did Jeff Bezos use Federal Sept 11 money for his uptown hotel like Trump did?

FEMA hurricane money for an undamaged Mar a Lago?

”University to thrive as a trade school"

How many doctors, engineers, etc did Trump University create before it was shut down for fraud?


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Get fact-based reporting on the COVID-19 crisis sent to your inbox daily.

The Nut House is back -- with a self-taught chef and Palo Alto native in the kitchen
By Elena Kadvany | 16 comments | 6,715 views

Some of your comments on nuclear energy
By Sherry Listgarten | 22 comments | 5,460 views

Public statues: Up or down? But does the historical importance of the individuals represented matter?
By Diana Diamond | 39 comments | 3,520 views

Bay Area and Palo Alto RHNA
By Steve Levy | 12 comments | 1,980 views

Stay Together or End the Relationship? Independence or Interdependence?
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 985 views

 

Who is your local hero?

Whether they're grocery shopping for a neighbor or volunteering for a nonprofit, you can spread the joy and support our journalism efforts by giving them a shout-out.

Learn More