William Randolph Hearst was an American politician and businessman who served as the 24th President of the United States (1901 - 1905). Continued William Jennings Bryan's populist policies. However, his administration was accused of political cronyism and bossism by many of Bryan's supporters. Favoured American Expansionism and caused another war scare with the CSA in 1902. The Democrats lost control of both houses of Congress in the 1902 midterm elections, and Hearst was unable to introduce many political reforms he wished. He fell out with Bryan when in September 1903 he announced he wished to seek a second term, and many populist Democrats defected to support Theodore Roosevelt's nomination in the 1904 election. Hearst won renomination but lost the election by a landslide.
Despite losing the presidency Hearst was still the strongest figure in the democratic party. He fought a bitter battle with Bryan for the Democratic nomination in 1908, ultimately triumphing but losing the election again to Roosevelt. Hearst attempted to gain the Democratic nomination again in 1912, 1920 and 1928, but was never considered a serious candidate. His influence in the Democratic party waned following his vocal opposition to American intervention in the great war, and he endorsed Republican candidates Herbert Hoover (1932 and 1936) and Thomas Dewey (1944 and 1948) before retiring from public life in 1949.