Amasa Leland

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Amasa Leland was born in Watervliet New York back in 1824 to Josiah and Elizabeth. After attending the local common school, he was tutored for a short time before attending Clinton Liberal Institute in Clinton, New York. He was admitted to the bar where he entered the law office of Wheaton, Doolittle and Hadley in 1848.

He moved several times before finally ending up in Sacramento in 1856 where he engaged in mercantile on a large scale. In 1861, he was elected president of the Central Pacific Railroad when the first locomotive was named in his honor. It is on display at the California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento. That same year he was elected governor of California serving one term.

In 1868, he started the Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company (now Pacific Life) serving as its first president from 1868 to 1876. In his spare time, he owned two wineries and had amassed some 55,000 acres in Tehama County. I could go on but my self imposed word limit is near.

What you may not know about Amasa Leland Stanford was his greatest contribution for California was to start Stanford University. Until tomorrow smile, it will make people wonder what you’ve been up to


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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

From wineries to wisdom...quite a span of accomplishment !

Aug 17, 2018 02:58 AM #1
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray well, that's a memorable contribution, Stanford University,  to all of society.... 

Aug 17, 2018 03:41 AM #2
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. It is a wise man or woman who appreciates and promotes education.

Aug 17, 2018 04:30 AM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Once again, not uncommon, who knew? He was a great contributor! Enjoy your day!

Aug 17, 2018 04:32 AM #4
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Well, being that Stanford is one of the most prestigious colleges in the world, that is quite an accomplishment.

Aug 17, 2018 05:49 AM #5
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

The name Leland gave me the hint as to who the person was.

Aug 17, 2018 06:35 AM #6
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

Got that one since my daughter went to school there.

Aug 17, 2018 07:04 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


And we in California appreciate that we have another excellent university.  Have a great weekend.  A

Aug 17, 2018 07:38 AM #9
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

A man of varied and accomplished interests.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 17, 2018 07:55 AM #10
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Wow Stanford.  Good for him, so many great people came out of that college.  Including lot of football players.  LOL.

Aug 17, 2018 09:02 AM #11
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Stanford rivals the Ivy League schools but with a west coast flare!  Thank you James Dray for highlighting this history.

Aug 17, 2018 10:34 AM #12
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Wow... 55,000 acres!  That would be worth billions now!

Aug 17, 2018 10:54 AM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- who knew?   I had no clue how Stanford came about. 

Aug 17, 2018 05:42 PM #14
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good evening James -Amasa Leland certainly created a legacy for himself.

Aug 17, 2018 06:08 PM #15
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

 And boy what a university he created with Stanford. I think it’s the best university on the West Coast James.🧐...

Aug 17, 2018 08:46 PM #16
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Stanford University - I have relatives who studied there; quite an accomplishment for Amasa Leland Stanford.  Evidently this gentleman had a strong driving inner core, James.

Aug 19, 2018 07:33 PM #17
John Henry, Florida Architect
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

James Dray: always making our day!

He wouldn't have it any other way,

That's our James Dray!

Sep 16, 2018 05:04 AM #18
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