Phoebe Apperson

Phoebe Apperson

Female 1842 - 1919  (76 years)    Has 8 ancestors and 41 descendants in this family tree.

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  • Name Phoebe Apperson 
    Relationshipwith Adam
    Born 3 Dec 1842  Franklin County Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 1919 
    Person ID I482379  Geneagraphie
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2004 

    Father Randolph Walker Apperson,   b. 10 Apr 1809, Culpepper Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1900, Santa Clara, , CA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Mother Drucilla Whitmire,   b. 24 Sep 1816, Newberry Dist., Sc Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1904  (Age 87 years) 
    Married 28 Jan 1840  Franklin Co., Mo Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Siblings 2 siblings 
    Family ID F192902  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family George Hearst,   b. 3 Dec 1820, Anaconda, Franklin Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1891  (Age 70 years) 
    Married 15 Jun 1862  Steelville, Crawford Co., MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. William Randolph Hearst,   b. 29 Apr 1863, San Francisco, California Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Aug 1951, Beverly Hills, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 88 years)
    Last Modified 18 Aug 2004 
    Family ID F192850  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Phoebe Apperson

  • Notes 
    • worked as a teacher in area schools.
      Soon after their marriage the couple moved to San Francisco where Phoebe gave birth to their only child, William Randolph
      In 1873 Phoebe took young William on a grand tour of Europe where the two spent more than a year visiting castles, museums and various cultural centers. This trip would prove to be a pivotal inspiration for William's later endeavor constructing Hearst Castle.
      When George Hearst was elected to the United States senate in 1887, the couple relocated to Washington D.C. where Phoebe entertained many guests and statesman. Four years later, Phoebe became the sole heir to her husband's valuable estate upon his death in 1891.
      After George's death, Phoebe again returned to California and renewed construction on a palatial residence in Pleasanton, California that had been started by her son a few years earlier. For the project, Mrs. Hearst commissioned Julia Morgan as architect. She would later become the architect behind Hearst Castle.
      Throughout her life Phoebe was dedicated to education and, when her financial status allowed her to, she became a generous philanthropist of various educational endeavors. As early as 1891, she made a large gift to the University of California, Berkeley in order to endow several scholarships for women students. She also funded an international architectural competition for a master plan for the University of California, Berkeley, endowed a scholarship program for students at the University and presented the campus with the gift of the Hearst Memorial Mining Building and Hearst Hall.
      Later she financed a school for the training of kindergarten teachers and in 1887 she founded the first free kindergarten in the United States. She eventually opened up six more of these free schools supported by her time and money. In 1897, she founded the National Congress of Mothers, a forerunner of the National Council of Parents and Teachers, better known today as the PTA.
      In 1897 she became the first woman Regent of the University of California, serving actively on the board from 1897 to 1919.
    • (Medical):epidemic of 1918-1919.


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