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The first transcontinental railroad, built between 1864 and 1869, was the greatest construction project of its era. It involved...
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Leland Stanford (1824–1893) was the American business magnate and one of the “Big Four” builders (with Collis P. Huntington, Charles Crocker, and Mark Hopus) of the Central Pacific railroad. Stanford worked as a lawyer before making a fortune in mining, investments, and other business ventures. He also served as the governor of California and founded Stanford University in 1884.