Remembered best as the father of publishing magnate and United States Representative
Born into poverty, he had very little formal education. He set out for California in 1850 in search of gold.
In 1882, he ran an unsuccessful gubernatorial campaign in California.
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,
In 1974, his great-granddaughter Patty Hearst became infamous as a kidnap-victim-turned bank robber.