Charles Stanford



Charles Stanford (1819-1885) was an older brother of Leland Stanford, who was a railroad contractor in New York and Massachusetts, then was lured by the Gold Rush to California in 1850 where he established a commercial house that was one of the largest and most successful in the Pacific region with offices in the Australian colonies and New Zealand. In 1854 he returned to New York and settled in Schenectady where he was elected to the state senate in 1865. He married Jane Eliza Page (1820-1898) on April 25, 1847 and they had 8 children.

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