Thomas Edwin Caldecott
) was a politician in Alameda County, California
in the San Francisco Bay Area
in the first half of the 20th century. The Caldecott Tunnel
which is a key highway link through the Berkeley Hills
is named after him.
Caldecott was born in Chester, England
on July 27, 1878. Both of his parents were Welsh
. The family emigrated to Toronto, Canada
about 1882. Caldecott grew up in Canada, and obtained a pharmacy degree from the University of Toronto
in 1900. Thomas and his brother visited Berkeley, California
, and shortly thereafter in 1903, moved their entire family there. That same year, Caldecott bought a pharmacy at Dwight Way and Shattuck Avenue, later moved to Ashby Avenue and Adeline Street in the Webb Block, a building which was designated a local landmark in 2004.
In 1910, Caldecott married Australian-born nurse Eveline Grooms (1888–1977) who worked at Berkeley's Alta Bates Hospital
. They had three children: Chester Edwin (1911–1984), Thomas William (1914–1994), and Elizabeth Fanny (1918–1983). His son Thomas William Caldecott
was elected and served as a state assemblyman for District 18 from 1946-1958.
Caldecott was elected to the City Council of Berkeley in 1923. In 1930, he was appointed to fill out the remaining term of Mayor Michael B. Driver
. He then successfully ran for the office of Mayor in 1931, serving until December, 1932. He subsequently served (1933–1951) as a supervisor on the Alameda County Board of... Read More