William Randolph Hearst

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William Randolph Hearst

William Randolph Hearst in 1906
Born April 29, 1863
San Francisco, California, USA
Died August 14, 1951
Los Angeles, California, USA

William Randolph Hearst (April 29, 1863August 14, 1951) was an American newspaper magnate, born in San Francisco, California.

William Randolph was the only child of Phoebe Apperson Hearst, a former school teacher from Missouri and George Hearst, a successful miner who became a multi-millionaire, and later U.S. Senator from California. William Randolph Hearst was a member of the United States House of Representatives for New York between 1903 and 1907, as a member of the Independence Party.

Hearst was a media tycoon. He started a newspaper empire, now the Hearst corporation. He has become known for sensationalist stories. Those stories were often false, or only very loosely based on true events.

The film Citizen Kane by Orson Welles tells the story about William Randolph Hearst.