Leland Stanford Jr. Stanford University  Leland Stanford Jr. at Find a Grave
Leland Stanford Jr.
Leland Stanford’s death mask on display at the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual ArtsLeland Stanford Jr. (May 14, 1868 – March 13, 1884), known as Leland DeWitt Stanford until age nine, is the namesake of Stanford University, adjacent to Palo Alto, California, United States. Early life He was the only child of Governor Leland Stanford of California and his wife Jane Stanford (née Lathrop). Illness and death Leland caught typhoid two months before his 16th birthday, while on a Grand Tour of Europe with his parents. He originally fell ill in Athens. His parents rushed him to Italy for medical treatment, first to Naples, then to Rome, and eventually to Florence, where he died after weeks of alternately improving and worsening. Stanford University Leland Stanford Sr. told his wife that “the children of California shall be our children.” To honor their son upon returning to the United States, the Stanfords devoted their fortune to a memorial in his name: Leland Stanford Junior University. The university opened its doors in 1891. Leland Stanford Jr. is interred beside his parents at the Stanford family mausoleum on the Stanford campus. After the death of his father on June 21, 1893, his mother guided the development of the university until her death on February 28, 1905. Nomenclature Although the university is generally referred to as “Stanford University” or “Stanford”, its official name is still “Leland Stanford Junior University”, as seen on the university seal.  External links Johnston, Theresa, “About a Boy,” Stanford, July-August 2003 Leland Stanford Jr. at Find a Grave