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49 Facts About Randolph Hearst
8. Randolph Hearst took special issue with his 1941 film Citizen Kane.
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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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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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18. Randolph Hearst became an enthusiastic supporter of Roosevelt and contributed advice and funds to his campaign.
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21. In 1917, Randolph Hearst began a romantic relationship with twenty-year-old actress Marion Davies.
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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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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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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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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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40. Randolph Hearst died in Beverly Hills on August 14, 1951, at the age of 88.
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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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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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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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