The Stanfords

Stories about the family that started it all.

July/August 2003

About a Boy

His death broke his parents’ hearts and spawned a university. But who was he? Recent revelations suggest a different Leland Stanford Jr. than many have imagined.


Theresa Johnston

September/October 2003

Who Killed Jane Stanford?

New investigations confirm she was poisoned by strychnine, but the case will never be solved. Someone got away with murder.


Susan Wolfe

March/April 2017

A Gentleman’s Quarrel

Frederick Law Olmsted and Leland Stanford: Their conflicts, and compromises, led to an iconic campus.


Daniel Arnold