The Saratoga Historical Foundation is presenting a free lecture on May 21, 2013 entitled, “Poisoned Again! The Coverup and Murder of Jane Stanford.”. The lecture will take place at 7:30 PM and will be given by John Hackmann, Palo Alto Historical Association President at the Immanuel Lutheran Reception hall at 14103 Saratoga Avenue in Saratoga.
The presentation is based on Dr. Robert WP Cutler’s book, The Mysterious Death of Jane Stanford, printed by Stanford University Press in 2006.
Jane Lathrop Stanford was the co-founder of Stanford University together with her husband, Leland Stanford. They founded the university in 1891 as a memorial to their only child, Leland Stanford Jr. Jane Stanford, took over the directorship of Stanford University after her husband’s death. With a firm hand she saved the university from bankruptcy. She frequently was at odds with the President of the University, David Starr Jordan who felt she wielded too much power. Two attempts were made on her life involving poison with the last attempt in 1905, fatal. Was she poisoned, was it a suicide, or was it from natural causes?