Henry Brooks Adams once noted that "The study of history is useful to the historian by teaching him his ignorance of women . . . The woman who is known only through a man is known wrong." Adams could have been talking about Jane Lathrop Stanford, for he penned these words in 1907, a mere two years after she died under mysterious circumstances. Her marriage to Leland Stanford brought Jane Stanford great fortune and social standing, leading many to assume she was only known on account of her husband. Collis P. Huntington made these feelings quite clear to her and to others. Although Leland Stanford amassed great wealth, there was much more to Jane than simply being his wife. Jane Eliza Lathrop was born in Albany, N.Y., Aug. 25, 1828. She attended Albany Female Academy, where she studied orthography, reading, grammar and arithmetic, with special emphasis on composition.