1820 – Born near Sullivan, Missouri on the 3rd of September.
1838 – He attended public school and graduated from the Franklin County Mining School.
1850 – He became a highly successful prospector, and otherwise engaged in mining, stock raising and farming in Nevada County.
1862 – He moved to San Francisco and married Phoebe Apperson.
1863 – She gave birth to their only child, William Randolph Hearst.
1865-1866 – Hearst was a member of the California State Assembly.
– He acquired the 48,000 acre Piedras Blancas Ranch at San Simeon, California.
1882 – He was an unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of California.
1886 – He was appointed as a Democrat to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John F. Miller and served from March to August.
1887 – He was elected to the United States Senate as a Democrat and served from March.
1891 – Died in Colma, California on the 28th of February.