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William Randolph Hearst
Date: 1863 - 1951
Remarks: William Randolph Hearst began his career as a publisher in 1887, when he took over the San Francisco Examiner from his father. He proved to be a very skilled newspaperman and soon was known across the country for his bold headlines, sensational stories, remarkable illustrations and skilled reporters (including Jack London, Mark Twain, and Stephan Crane). Hearst built himself an empire; at one point, owning, in addition to radio stations and movie companies, 28 newspapers and 18 magazines across the country. Hearst one of the foremost Yellow Journalists of his day, and his reporting of certain incidents like the sinking of the Maine helped drive the nation into the Spanish-American War. Hearst also had a brief political career, serving in the House of Representatives from 1903 to 1907. He died in 1951 in Beverly Hills, California. -Source: and