Wm H. Crocker



William Henry Crocker (1861-1937) was the youngest son of Charles Crocker, one of the "Big Four" railroad magnates of the 19th century that also included Leland Stanford. William was founder and later president of Crocker National Bank. He was a member of the University of California Board of Regents from 1908 until his death in 1937. He was a major donor to UC Berkeley, helping fund the Lawrence Radiation Laboratory. His philanthropy included contributions to the San Francisco Opera House and donation of his Nob Hill property, site of the Crocker mansion destroyed in the 1906 earthquake, for the construction of Grace Cathedral. In 1910 Crocker built his New Place mansion in Hillsborough which today is the Burlington Country Club clubhouse.

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