"My Father Was a Great Man"
"My father was a great man, a very great man in his day." -- William Randolph Hearst.
"It was such men as George Hearst who converted the vast region between the plains of the Missouri and the Pacific Ocean from what was supposed to be an uninhabitable desert into prosperous and growing states." -- Senator William M. Stewart of Nevada in the United States Senate, March 25, 1892.
"Success such as is achieved by George Hearst is not a mere accident nor the result of chance or luck. It can only be attained by those qualities which were his -- industry, perseverance, good judgment, and truth." -- Senator Leland Stanford of California in the United States Senate, March 25, 1892.
"He has left to his country an unsullied name and the example of a well-spent life, and his country in turn will embalm his memory as one of her truest and noblest types of manhood." -- Senator Daniel Wolsey Voorhees of Indiana in the United States Senate, March 25, 1892.
"During all his long career in that state [ California] no man ever accused Senator Hearst of one dishonest act." -- Congressman Thomas Jefferson Clunie of California in the United States House of Representatives, February 28, 1891.
THE name Hearst, according to the genealogists employed by the family, is as old as the Anglo-Saxon language. Originally, it was spelled Hyrst. Prophetic of the far distant future, the name signified "a thicket."
The family was Lowland Scotch, though some of them