Herbert Fleishhacker

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Herbert Fleishhacker (November 2, 1872 in San Francisco – April 2, 1957 in San Francisco),[1] son of Aaron Fleishhacker and Delia (Stern) Fleishhacker, was an American businessman, civic leader and philanthropist. The family lived at 2418 Pacific Street, San Francisco.[2]

He built Fleishhacker Pool, the world's largest outdoor saltwater swimming pool, in 1924. The pool continued to operate until 1971.[1]

While serving as president of the San Francisco Parks Commission, he founded the Fleishhacker Zoo, later renamed the San Francisco Zoological Gardens. Fleishhacker was also president of the London and Paris National Bank and later the Anglo California National Bank. In November 1955, the Anglo California National Bank merged with the Crocker First National Bank.

He was married August 9, 1905 to May Belle Greenebaum [3] (August 12, 1884; died 1976) and had one daughter, Marjorie, and two sons: Herbert Fleishhacker Jr. and Alan Fleishhacker.

Herbert Jr. was a renowned football player at Stanford who married a San Franciscan woman whose first marriage to an Austrian Count had ended in divorce, but his daughter from this marriage was Leonora von Wertheimer.

It is possible that in the mid-1920s Fleishhacker had his portrait painted by the Swiss-born American artist Adolfo Müller-Ury (1862-1947) who had established a new studio home in San Marino, California in 1925.


  1. ^ a b Herbert Fleishhacker at Find a Grave
  2. ^ Bloomfield, Anne and Arthur. "Mortimer Fleishhacker Sr. Lived Here". San Francisco Found. 
  3. ^ BELTRAN MASSES, Federico. "A portrait of May Fleishhacker". Bonhams. 

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