Leland Stanford as Governor of California
Stanford was a lawyer, but more sucessful as a businessman and made his money from railroad development. He was president of Southern Pacific Railroad from 1885-1890. As a railroad developer, Stanford encouraged Chinese immigration to find workers for the railroad construction. However, when jobs were scarce, Stanford made them a scapegoat. Stanford led the California legislature to pass taxes and unfair regulations which specifically targeted Chinese.
He died at home in Palo Alto, California in 1893, two years after being reelected as a Senator. He is buried in the Stanford family mausoleum on the Stanford campus.