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.
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