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

September/October 2000

How the West Was Fun

An unlikely plaque for Leland Stanford

May/June 2000

Mrs. Stanford and the Netherworld

Haunted by the sudden death of her beloved son, Jane Stanford tried séances as a way to reach him.


Theresa Johnston


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