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Flowers left for William Hearst
William Randolph Hearst: Sir, you will be remembered as an American newspaper publisher who built the nation's largest newspaper chain and whose methods profoundly influenced American journalism. You entered the publishing business in 1887, after taking control of The San Francisco Examiner from your father. Moving to New York City, you acquired The New York Journal and engaged in a bitter circulation war with Joseph Pulitzer's New York World that led to the creation of yellow journalism—sensationalized stories of dubious veracity. Acquiring more newspapers, your created a chain that numbered nearly 30 papers in major American cities at its peak. you later expanded to magazines, creating the largest newspaper and magazine business in the world. You ran twice elected as a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives, and ran unsuccessfully for Mayor of New York City in 1905 and 1909, for Governor of New York in 1906, and for Lieutenant Governor of New York in 1910. Nonetheless, through your newspapers and magazines, you exercised enormous political influence, and was sometimes blamed for pushing public opinion with your yellow journalism type of reporting in the United States into a war with Spain in 1898.Your life story was a source of inspiration for the development of the lead character in Orson Welles' film Citizen Kane.Your mansion, Hearst Castle, near San Simeon, California, on a hill overlooking the Pacific Ocean, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, was donated by the Hearst Corporation to the state of California in 1957, and is now a State Historical Monument and a National Historic Landmark, open for public tours. You formally named the estate La Cuesta Encantada ("The Enchanted Slope"), but you usually just called it "the ranch". Happy 150th birthday!
 Added: Apr. 29, 2013

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