Updated: Sep 15, 2020
Luxury is the epitome of success. More is better. Enterprising, shrewd, a chief of industry or a banker.
Leland Stanford failed at many endeavors, but persevered to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in America. Stanford sold dry goods to miners in the early 1850's, became a railroad robber baron, then governor of California in 1861. Ambitious and profligate, he used his office to enrich himself, "raided the public treasury" for the transcontinental railroad, and lived beyond his means. He wasted millions on bad investments and lived like a king, but lost his only child, the one thing that mattered most to him.