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George Hearst


Picture of George Hearst
Library of Congress
Date Party Office Votes Result
09-05-1865 Democratic AD-08 0 Win
03-23-1886 Democratic Senate1 0 Win
01-19-1887 Democratic Senate1 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: September 3, 1820 near Sullivan, Missouri
Married: Phoebe Apperson Hearst* (in 1862)
Child: William Randolph Hearst (a member of Congress 1903-1907, major American newspaper publisher, who built Hearst Castle in San Simeon)
Died: February 28, 1891 in Washington, DC

1866: Owner, San Francisco Examiner

  • NOTABLE NO VOTE (Slavery): Hearst was one of 11 Assemblymembers (and 15 Legislators overall) who voted against SJR 1 (1865), adopting the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which officially ended slavery in the United States. 
  • FAMILY: George Hearst was the great-grandfather of Patty Hearst, who was famously kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army in the 1970s and who participated in the robbery of a Crocker National Bank in Carmichael. Interestingly, Hearst and Crocker served in the Assembly only five years apart.  
  • The Hearst Family was inducted into the California Museum Hall of Fame in 2006. 
  • PLACENAME: Hearst Elementary is located in San Diego. The George Hearst Mining Building is located at the UC Berkeley campus. A plaque inside the building reads; "THIS BUILDING STANDS AS MEMORIAL TO GEORGE HEARST - A PLAIN HONEST MAN AND GOOD MINER". Phoebe Hearst, widow of Senator Hearst, was a co-founder of the national Parent-Teacher Association, and served on the UC Board of Regents (1897-1917). Finally, she funded the search for an architect to design and develop the UC Berkeley campus. For her contributions, several locations at UC Berkeley are named for Phoebe; the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Gymnasium for Women, the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Hall, and Phoebe Apperson Hearst Hall Swimming Pool.

Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)
Source: The Centennial of The University of California, 1868-1968
Source: "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present" (U.S. Library of Congress) []

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