In 1906 he was elected governor of New York State, defeating William Randolph Hearst, and was reelected in 1908.
In 1906 he supported William Randolph Hearst, the unsuccessful candidate for governor of New York on the Independence League.
Reisner, The Hearst Medical Papyrus (Leipzig, 1905),
Hearst (Independence League).
He was adopted by his godfather, Edward Hearst, and his wife, and was sent to Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1689, was demy of his college from 1689 to 1701 and fellow from 1701 to 1713.