Stanford University

After graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point, Mr. Alan Cate earned a Master of Arts in American History from Stanford University in northern California. Founded in 1885, Stanford University is Leland and Jane Stanford’s memorial for their son, who died shortly before his 16th birthday. Determined to establish a Harvard of the West, the Stanfords laid the cornerstone for the university in 1887 and accepted its first 559 students in 1891. When Leland Stanford passed away in 1893, the school entered a state of financial crisis due in part to a lawsuit against the Stanford estate and the economic Panic of 1893. Although the Board of Trustees advised that the school be temporarily closed, Jane Stanford refused to cease operations and took the university’s affairs into her own hands. For the next few years, she paid salaries with her personal resources. Due to her dedication to the institution, Stanford remained open. Today, Stanford is one of the largest research universities in the western United States. The school has received international attention for its excellent programs and renowned faculty. At present, Stanford claims 16 Nobel Prize laureates among its faculty, as well as 4 Pulitzer Prize winners, 19 National Medal of Science recipients, and 23 MacArthur Fellows. Stanford graduates are responsible for some of the country’s largest companies, including Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P., NVIDIA Corporation, Nike, Gap Inc., Sun Microsystems, Google, and VMware, Inc. President Herbert Hoover was among the university’s first graduates and his subsequent contributions to the school are honored by Hoover Tower, an archive and campus landmark.

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