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Thomas Fallon (1825–1885) was born in Ireland and raised in Canada. When he was 18 he went to Texas and joined the expedition of John Fremont to California. In 1846 he got involved in the Bear Flag Revolt and captured the Pueblo of San Jose without bloodshed. Later he joined Fremont in the Mexican-American War. In 1849 he married Carmelita Castro Lodge, from a prominent family. They later moved to Texas but returned to San Jose after some of their children died. In 1855 they built the Fallon House in downtown San Jose. This is the house that has been preserved. Later in 1859 Fallon was elected the 10th Mayor of San Jose and served a one year term. In 1876 Carmel divorced Thomas after finding out that he was having an affair with their maid. With the divorce settlement she built several hotels, including one in San Francisco. Thomas Fallon died in San Francisco in 1885. The Victorian mansion has 15 fully furnished rooms typical of the Victorian period.