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Phoebe Hearst

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Phoebe Hearst

Phoebe Apperson Hearst (1842-1919) was born in Franklin County, Missouri. At the age of 19, she married George Hearst, who later became a U.S. Senator. Soon after their marriage the couple moved to San Francisco, California, where Phoebe gave birth to their only child, William Randolph Hearst, in 1863.

A major benefactor of the University of California in 1897 she became the first woman Regent of the University of California, serving on the board from 1897 until her death. Also in 1897, she contributed to the establishment of the National Congress of Mothers, which evolved eventually into the National Parent-Teacher Association.

Mrs. Hearst was a member of the Bahá'í Faith. She traveled to Akka and Haifa, Israel on pilgrimage, arriving Dec. 10, 1898. Of the trip she wrote, "Those three days were the most memorable days of my life." (Effendi, 1974)

She died as a victim of the worldwide influenza epidemic of 1918-19 and is buried at Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma, San Mateo County, California.

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  • Biography on PTA.org (http://www.pta.org/aboutpta/history/fou_bio.asp#Phoebe)
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