William Randolph Hearst

William Randolph Hearst

Newspaper Publisher
Born Apr 29, 1863

William Randolph Hearst was an American business magnate and a leading newspaper publisher. Hearst entered the publishing business in 1887, after taking control of The San Francisco Examiner from his father. Moving to New York City, he acquired The New York Journal and engaged in a bitter circulation war with Joseph Pulitzer's New York World which led to the creation of yellow journalism—sensationalized stories of dubious veracity.… Read More

related links

News + Updates

Browse recent news and stories about William Randolph Hearst.


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of William Randolph Hearst.


1863 Birth Born on April 29, 1863.


1885 22 Years Old Following preparation at St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, Hearst enrolled in the Harvard College class of 1885. … Read More
1887 24 Years Old Searching for an occupation, in 1887 Hearst took over management of a newspaper, the San Francisco Examiner, which his father received in 1880 as repayment for a gambling debt. … Read More


1895 32 Years Old In 1895, with the financial support of his mother, he bought the failing New York Morning Journal, hiring writers like Stephen Crane and Julian Hawthorne and entering into a head-to-head circulation war with Joseph Pulitzer, owner and publisher of the New York World, from whom he "stole" Richard F. Outcault, the inventor of color comics, and all of Pulitzer's Sunday staff as well. … Read More
1896 33 Years Old Under Hearst, the Journal remained loyal to the populist wing of the Democratic Party, and was the only major publication in the East to support William Jennings Bryan and Bimetallism in 1896. … Read More


1903 40 Years Old 1 More Event
A Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, in which he served two terms, covering the period from 1903 to 1907, he narrowly failed in attempts to become mayor of New York City in both 1905 and 1909 and governor of New York in 1906, nominally remaining a Democrat while also creating the Independence Party. … Read More
1904 41 Years Old He also sought the Democratic presidential nomination in 1904, but found that his support for William Jennings Bryan in previous years was not reciprocated, and Bryan did not endorse him. … Read More
1905 42 Years Old He was twice elected as a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives, and ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of New York City in 1905 and 1909, for Governor of New York in 1906, and for Lieutenant Governor of New York in 1910. … Read More


1919 56 Years Old Conceding an end to his political hopes, Hearst became involved in an affair with popular film actress and comedienne Marion Davies (1897–1961), former mistress of his friend Paul Block, and from about 1919, he lived openly with her in California. … Read More
1922 59 Years Old Hearst's last bid for office came in 1922 when he was backed by Tammany Hall leaders for the U.S. Senate nomination in New York. … Read More


1928 65 Years Old Although Hearst shared Smith's opposition to Prohibition, he swung his papers behind Herbert Hoover in the 1928 presidential election.
1932 69 Years Old 1 More Event
Hearst's support for Franklin D. Roosevelt at the 1932 Democratic National Convention, via his allies William Gibbs McAdoo and John Nance Garner, can also be seen as part of his vendetta against Smith, who was an opponent of Roosevelt's at that convention. … Read More
1933 - 1935 2 More Events
1936 73 Years Old His newspaper audience was the same working class that Roosevelt had swept by three-to-one margins in the 1936 election. … Read More
1937 74 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Unable to service its existing debts, Hearst Corporation faced a court-mandated reorganization in 1937. … Read More
1941 78 Years Old In 1941 he put about 20,000 items up for sale that were a good indication of his wide and varied tastes. … Read More
1947 84 Years Old In 1947, Hearst left his San Simeon estate to seek medical care, which was unavailable in the remote location.
1951 88 Years Old 1 More Event
He died in Beverly Hills on August 14, 1951, at the age of 88. … Read More
Original Authors of this text are noted on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Randolph_Hearst.
Text is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.