Mr. Stanford, Senior was an attorney who was one of the co-founders of the Pacific Central Railroad, he was a former Governor of California and later would be a U S Senator who represented California.
At it's inception Stanford was unique in that men and women were given equal opportunity - not a run of the mill thing at that time.
Later on Herbert Hoover became President of the University, the house of the University President was designed by President Hoovers wife, Lou Henry. As workmen were constructing the house and left off some detail (for technical reasons), and they told Mrs. Hoover, she would reply "well, I guess you'd better finish it then!".
|The Lou Henry Hoover house.|
|The Main Entrance to Stanford U|
|An aerial photo of the campus - click to enlarge|