Stanford University

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Leland Stanford Junior Memorial University -- founded in 1891 by Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane Lathrop Stanford as a memorial to their only child -- was founded with certain untraditional ideals: co-educational, in a time when most were all-male; non-denominational, when most were associated with a religious organization; avowedly practical, producing "cultured and useful citizens" when most were concerned only with the former.

The Founding Grant stands today as the university's "constitution." It stipulates that the objectives of the university are: "to qualify students for personal success and direct usefulness in life; and to promote the public welfare by exercising an influence on behalf of humanity and civilization, teaching the blessings of liberty regulated by law, and inculcating love and reverence for the great principles of government as derived from the inalienable rights of man to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

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