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Lawrence H Larsen
Henry R Luce
November 30, 2014
First in a four-part series of historical fiction set in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1904 and focusing upon a murder investigation carried out by the city's first African-American police officer Lafayette...
A 13-Year Nightmare Ends
Letter to the editor reviewing the 13 years (from about 1926 to 1939) of unofficial city government control by the Pendergast machine in Kansas City and the demand for a clean-up campaign to ensure against...
A Political Boss Talks about His Job
Candid interview with Tom Pendergast with several quotes and insights into the Pendergast machine.
Biography of Thomas Pendergast (1873-1945), Business Owner and "Political Boss"
City Window: Hollywood Asks Morris about Truman, Pendergast
Photo and biographical article Milton Morris, or Milt Morris, a 71-year-old (in 1983) bar operator and "a chauffeur for Western Missouri Judge Truman at the same time he was a go-fer for the Pendergast...
Civic Housekeepers And More
A history of women's organizations and women civic leaders in Kansas City. Beginning the in the 1850s and continuing forward, women in Kansas City sought to form groups that addressed issues of education,...
Criminal Aspects of the Pendergast Machine
Detailed examination of the Kansas City political machine of Tom Pendergast (starting with his older brother James Pendergast), "one of the most powerful city machines in United States history," from "the...
Gentlemen, Reach for All: Toppling the Pendergast Machine, 1936-1940
Article discusses the downfall of Boss Tom Pendergast and how it was precipitated in part by turmoil within the Missouri Democratic Party.
Govt. and Politics: Ready-Mix Regime
Photo (of Tom Pendergast) and book review of "Tom's Town" by William Reddig, about the Kansas City Pendergast machine headed by Boss Tom Pendergast (owner of the "Ready-Mixed Concrete" company).
Harry S. Truman
Biographical article about President Harry Truman and his rise to political power starting in Jackson County, Missouri, through endorsement by but not corrupted by the Pendergast machine. Description of...
Historic Renovation Nears Completion
February 2, 2006
Article reports the near completion of the renovated Hotel Monroe, located at 1904 Main Street. Once a hub of Pendergast political machinations, the building in 2006 will offer eight luxury condominiums...
Kansas City Blacks, Harry Truman and the Pendergast Machine
October 1, 1974
Article explores the political aspects of race relations in Kansas City during the 1920s and 1930s in respect to the Pendergast regime and Harry Truman's place in the political scene. Includes photos of...
Kansas City Sin: New Drive on Boss Pendergast Started by Missouri Governor
Article about the history of campaigns to stop vice-type crime in Kansas City, highlighting the lastest by Governor Lloyd Stark against the vice propagated by the Pendergast machine, especially Downtown....
Kansas City: Rise of a Regional Metropolis
Chapter explains the rise of James Pendergast and then Tom Pendergast in Kansas City politics and machine control. Also explains how their control of the city affected events that happened as the jazz...
Machine Defends "Night Life"
February 26, 1938
Article about an investigative report by Westbrook Pegler of the Kansas City Journal-Post on the support and justification of the Pendergast machine's organized crime in the city "'on the ground of public...
Missouri Dark Mule
Article about the possible 1940 presidential campaign of Missouri Senator Bennett Champ Clark, or Bennett Clark, discussing his political history, including relations with the Pendergast machine, with...
Missouri Democracy: A History of the Party and Its Representative Members--Past and Present
Biographical descriptions of James Francis Pendergast, or James Pendergast (1856-1911) and his younger brother Tom Pendergast, heir to James's Kansas City political machine.
Missouri: A Gentleman's Jury Moves on a Know-Nothing Boss
Photo (of Tom Pendergast) and article about the 1936 election returns and their fraudulent collection led by "the Pendergast machine."
Missouri: Kansas City's Boss Rises to New Statewide Power
Article about the spread of the Pendergast machine's power from Kansas City to the Missouri state government (including his eventual domination of rival Joseph Shannon), with photo of and quotes from Pendergast...
Missouri: Machine Busting
Article about the involvements against the Pendergast machine and Federal Judges Merrill Otis and Albert Reeves, following the 1936 election fraud.
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