49 Facts About Randolph Hearst

1. Randolph Hearst supported William Jennings Bryan in the presidential campaign of 1896 and again in 1900, when he assailed President William McKinley as a tool of the trusts.

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2. Randolph Hearst was the only son of George Randolph Hearst, a gold-mine owner and US senator from California.

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3. Randolph Hearst began selling off the animals in response to financial difficulty during his lifetime.

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4. Randolph Hearst hosted all sorts of theme parties for his famous guests.

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5. Randolph Hearst left his San Simeon estate in 1947 to seek medical care unavailable in the remote location.

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6. Randolph Hearst continued his education at Harvard where he showed the first signs of becoming a future publishing tycoon.

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7. At the age of ten Randolph Hearst toured Europe with his mother.

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8. Randolph Hearst took special issue with his 1941 film Citizen Kane.

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9. At the height of his power, Randolph Hearst owned more than 20 papers, several magazines, a film studio, several comic strips, and extensive properties in California, Mexico, New York, and Europe.

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10. Randolph Hearst was the first newspaper outlet to establish a press corps in Cuba during the Spanish-American War.

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11. Randolph Hearst bought Pulitzer's main rival paper, the New York Journal, and the two got into a well-published circulation war.

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12. Randolph Hearst was born in San Francisco in 1863 and the only child of George and Phoebe Hearst.

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13. Randolph Hearst had become, according to John Ingham, "one of the best-known, best-hated, and most thoroughly publicized figures in the land.

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14. Randolph Hearst emerged from the scandal unaffected, but the fiasco led President Calvin Coolidge to appoint Dwight Morrow as ambassador to Mexico, and this move launched a new era in US-Latin American relations.

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15. Randolph Hearst started nationwide services for supplying news and features with the creation of King Features Syndicate and the International News Service, both founded in 1910.

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16. Randolph Hearst modeled the newspaper after Pulitzer's World, which printed the most shocking, sensational news it could find in order to attract a large audience.

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17. Randolph Hearst promised to oppose the president and the tax increase with all his resources.

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18. Randolph Hearst became an enthusiastic supporter of Roosevelt and contributed advice and funds to his campaign.

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19. Randolph Hearst owned six magazines, including the popular Good Housekeeping and Cosmopolitan.

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20. In 1904, Randolph Hearst added the Boston American and the Los Angeles Examiner to his empire.

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21. In 1917, Randolph Hearst began a romantic relationship with twenty-year-old actress Marion Davies.

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22. Randolph Hearst was born on April 29, 1863, to a US senator and his schoolteacher wife.

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23. Randolph Hearst served in the House of Representatives but was defeated as candidate for mayor of New York City in 1905 and 1909 and for governor of New York in 1906.

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24. Randolph Hearst possessed over $50 million in New York real estate, the castle at San Simeon, and homes in several locations.

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25. At the height of his career in 1935, Randolph Hearst owned 26 daily and 11 Sunday newspapers in 19 cities, with nearly 14 percent of the total US daily circulation.

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26. Randolph Hearst won election to the US House of Representatives in 1902 and 1904 as a Tammany Democrat, but he was not a good congressman.

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27. Randolph Hearst opposed Democratic candidate William Jennings Bryan in the presidential campaign of 1896, and backed the Spanish-American War in 1898.

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28. Randolph Hearst supported the Democratic Party with his newspapers, although he had little in common with either his newspaper's readers or the party's candidates and workers.

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29. Randolph Hearst fought every Democratic reform leader from Bryan to Franklin Roosevelt, and he opposed American participation in both world wars.

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30. Randolph Hearst was particularly interested in the newly emerging technologies relating to aviation and had his first experience of flight in January 1909, in Los Angeles.

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31. Randolph Hearst was the grandfather of Patricia "Patty" Hearst, widely known for being kidnapped by and then joining the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974.

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32. Randolph Hearst broke with FDR in spring 1935 when the president vetoed the Patman Bonus Bill for veterans and tried to enter the World Court.

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33. Randolph Hearst was on the left wing of the Progressive Movement, speaking on behalf of the working class and denouncing the rich and powerful (who disdained his editorials).

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34. Randolph Hearst won two elections to Congress, then lost a series of elections.

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35. Randolph Hearst sailed to Cuba with a small army of Journal reporters to cover the Spanish–American War in person, bringing along portable printing equipment, which was used to print a single edition newspaper in Cuba after the fighting had ended.

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36. Randolph Hearst fought hard against Wilsonian internationalism, the League of Nations, and the World Court, thereby appealing to an isolationist audience.

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37. In 1898, Randolph Hearst pushed for war with Spain to liberate Cuba, which the Democrats opposed.

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38. Randolph Hearst ordered a reporter to scuttle a ship in the Suez Canal to stop the Spanish fleet and waded ashore in Cuba to accept the surrender of a group of Spaniards.

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39. In 1898, Randolph Hearst championed the Cuban rebels and welcomed the US declaration of war against Spain.

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40. Randolph Hearst died in Beverly Hills on August 14, 1951, at the age of 88.

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41. In 1947, Randolph Hearst left his San Simeon estate to seek medical care, which was unavailable in the remote location.

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42. Randolph Hearst continued collecting, on a reduced scale, and threw himself into philanthropy by donating a great many works to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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43. Randolph Hearst was further embarrassed in early 1939 when Time Magazine published a feature which revealed he was at risk of defaulting on his mortgage for San Simeon and losing it to his creditor and publishing rival, Harry Chandler.

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44. Randolph Hearst had to pay rent for living in his castle at San Simeon.

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45. In 1947, Randolph Hearst paid $120,000 for an H-shaped Beverly Hills mansion, on 3.7 acres three blocks from Sunset Boulevard.

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46. Randolph Hearst had a property on the McCloud River in Siskiyou County, in far northern California, called Wyntoon.

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47. Randolph Hearst used the ranch for an Arabian horse breeding operation.

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48. From that point, Randolph Hearst was reduced to being merely another employee, subject to the directives of an outside manager.

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49. Randolph Hearst was at once a militant nationalist, a fierce anti-communist, and deeply suspicious of the League of Nations and of the British, French, Japanese, and Russians.

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