William Randolph Hearst
Date of Birth: April 29, 1863
Place of Birth: San Francisco, California, U.S.
Date of Death: August 14, 1951
Place of Death: Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Ethnicity: Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, English, some German, distant French and Irish
William Randolph Hearst was an American newspaper publisher and politician. He built the U.S.’s largest newspaper chain and media company, Hearst Communications. He changed the history of American journalism. As a member of the Democratic Party, he served as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York, from March 4, 1903 to March 4, 1907.
He was a candidate for the Democratic Party’s nomination for President of the United States in 1904.
William was the son of Phoebe Hearst (born Phoebe Elizabeth Apperson) and George Hearst. His father was a businessperson and politician, who, as a Democrat, was a U.S. Senator from California, in 1886, and from 1887 to 1891. His mother was a philanthropist, feminist, and suffragist.
William was married to vaudeville entertainer Millicent Hearst, with whom he had five children. Among William’s descendants are Patty Hearst, his granddaughter, and actress and model Lydia Hearst, his great-granddaughter.
William’s paternal grandfather was William George Hearst (the son of John or George Hearst and Martha Carson). William was born in South Carolina. John was born in Northern Ireland, the son of John Hearst and Elizabeth Knox. Martha was also born in Northern Ireland, the daughter of William A. Carson and Margaret Mills.
William’s paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Collins (the daughter of Jacob Collins and Lucy Hendricks or Martha Wheat). Elizabeth was born in South Carolina.
William’s maternal grandfather was Randolph Walker Apperson (the son of John Apperson and Alice Nancy/Alcey Favor). Randolph was born in Virginia. John was the son of Frances/Francis Apperson and Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Long. Alice was the daughter of John Favor and Ann Covington.
William’s maternal grandmother was Drusilla/Drucilla Clark Whitmire (the daughter of Henry Whitmire and Ruth Hill). Drusilla was born in South Carolina. Henry was the son of George Frederick Whitmire, who was born in Stuttgart, Germany, and of Phoebe Haygood. Ruth was the daughter of Henry Hill and Alice Ridgely.