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William Randolph Hearst (1863)close

William Randolph Hearst was an American journalist and publisher. Born in San Francisco, California, he created a publishing empire that, at its peak, included 28 major newspapers and 18 successful magazines. Hearst hired only the very best American journalists. Writers such as Ambrose Bierce, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane and Jack London wrote for him. Hearst also served as a congressman in the US House of Representatives from 1903-1907. His life served as the inspiration for Orson Welles' film Citizen Kane.

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