George Hearst

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Birthday
3, 1820
Birthplace
Missouri
Death Date
Feb 28, 1891 (70)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
3, 1820
Birthplace
Missouri
Death Date
Feb 28, 1891 (70)

About

Remembered best as the father of publishing magnate and United States Representative William Randolph Hearst, George Hearst was a businessman and politician in his own right. He was a partner in the highly successful Hearst, Haggin, Tevis and Co. mining business, and he also served a four-year term as a United States Senator from California.

Before Fame

Born into poverty, he had very little formal education. He set out for California in 1850 in search of gold.

Trivia

In 1882, he ran an unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign in California.

Family Life

He grew up in rural Missouri as the son of William Hearst and Elizabeth Collins Hearst. He and his wife, suffragist Phoebe Apperson Hearst, welcomed their first and only child, William Randolph Hearst, in April of 1863.

Associated With

In 1974, his great-granddaughter Patty Hearst became infamous as a kidnap-victim-turned bank robber.