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William Henry Crocker

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, United States
Death: September 25, 1937 (76)
at his home, Hillsborough, San Mateo County, California, United States
Place of Burial: Colma, San Mateo County, California, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Charles Crocker and Mary Ann Crocker
Husband of Ethel Willard Sperry and Ethel Willard Crocker
Father of Ethel Mary Crocker; William Willard Crocker; Helen V Crocker; Charles Crocker; Ethel Mary De Limur and 3 others
Brother of Charles Frederick Crocker; George Crocker and Harriet Valentine "Hattie" Alexander

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About William Henry Crocker

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William Henry Crocker (1861–1937), was president of Crocker National Bank.

Biography

William Henry Crocker, youngest son of Charles Crocker, was born in 1861 in Sacramento, California. He attended Phillips Academy, Andover and Yale University, where he was a brother of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity (Phi chapter) and graduated in 1882. After the 1906 earthquake and fire had left the Crocker mansions in ruins, in 1907 he donated the Crocker family's 2.6-acre (11,000 m2) Nob Hill block for Grace Cathedral.

He was a member of the University of California Board of Regents for nearly thirty years and funded the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory's million-volt x-ray tube at the UC hostpital and the "medical" Crocker cyclotron used for neutron therapy at the Berkeley. Crocker funded the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory's second cyclotron. He was also on the Board of Directors for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. and Chairman of the Board of Regents for Pacific Gas and Electric Co. from 1926-1937.

Crocker also chaired the Panama-Pacific Exposition Committee and SE Community Chest, and was a key member of the committee that built the San Francisco Opera House and Veterans Building. Crocker was the founder of Crocker Middle School located in Hillsborough, California.

When much of the city of San Francisco was destroyed by the fire from the 1906 earthquake, William Crocker and his bank were major forces in financing reconstruction. William Crocker was in New York when the earthquake struck, and before returning home, he began raising money, inaugurating civic recovery. His father, Charles Crocker (1822-1888), had been a builder of the Central Pacific Railroad.

William Crocker contributed the property for Grace Cathedral and became a major force behind construction of the War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco. He was an ardent golfer, served as president of the California Academy of Sciences, and, as a committed Bohemian, was also a member of the Pacific Union Club.

In the 1890s, his wife, in part, lent William Kingston Vickery, owner of the San Francisco art gallery Vickery, Atkins & Torrey, a number of French Impressionist paintings. Vickery then supervised a series of these loan exhibitions in San Francisco and introduced Impressionism to California in the form of paintings by Monet, Eugene Boudin, Paul Cézanne, Camille Pissarro, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Edgar Degas. These pictures were lent by California Impressionist Lucy Bacon (who studied in France under Pissarro and met Cézanne), as well as Mrs. William H. Crocker, who was the leading California patron of French Impressionist art at the time.

William H. Crocker served on the Burlingame Country Club’s first Board of Directors as treasurer (his New Place mansion is now home to the club), and on the original town council of Hillsborough. In 1896, William H. Crocker commissioned the Sky Farm mansion to be built as a wedding gift for his sister-in-law and her husband. The mansion was later occupied by his son, William Willard Crocker and his family. Today, the Hillsborough mansion serves as home to The Nueva School, a nationally recognized independent school serving gifted children.

William Crocker dominated the California Republican Party and was among San Francisco's most prominent philanthropists.

He died in 1937 at his home in Burlingame, California.

Legacy

His uncle's home in Sacramento, California, was converted into the Crocker Art Museum and was the first art museum to open in the West.

His nephew, Harry Crocker, was a movie star in the 1920s and, at one time, the personal assistant of Charlie Chaplin.

The public middle school in Hillsborough, California is named after him, Crocker Middle School.


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@R850753637@ 1910 United States Federal Census Ancestry.com Ancestry.com Operations Inc 1,7884::0 Year: 1910; Census Place: Township 2, San Mateo, California; Roll: T624_104; Page: 24A; Enumeration District: 0053; FHL microfilm: 1374117 1,7884::1765011

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William Henry Crocker's Timeline

1861
January 13, 1861
Sacramento, Sacramento County, California, United States
1891
September 18, 1891
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, United States of America
September 18, 1891
San Mateo County, California, United States
1893
June 29, 1893
San Francisco, California, United States
June 29, 1893
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, United States
1896
December 18, 1896
California
December 18, 1896
California
1904
November 2, 1904
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, United States
November 2, 1904
San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States
1910
1910
Age 48
Township 2, San Mateo, California, United States