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Nancy J Hulston
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 City Divided: The Racial Landscape of Kansas city, 1900-1960
A mention of Felix Payne, a local African American and nightclub owner during the Pendergast years and early jazz scene.
Biography of Albert L. Reeves (1873-1971), Judge
Biography of Bryce B. Smith (1878-1962), Mayor of Kansas City, 1930-1934
Biography of Casimir John Joseph Michael Welch (1873-1936), Politician
Biography of James Francis Pendergast (1856-1911), Kansas City Alderman
Biography of John Lazia (1896-1934), Crime Figure
Biography of Samuel S. Mayerberg (1892-1964), Rabbi
Biography of Thomas Pendergast (1873-1945), Business Owner and "Political Boss"
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,...
False Faces on Quality Street: An Intimate Close-Up View of Political Intrigue, Scandal and Romance in the American City, with Its Daily Drama of Struggles and Pathos; Triumphs and Thrills
Book set in a fictional version of late 1910s to mid-1930s Kansas City (called Larcen City here) and satirizing "the social life and political conditions" revolving around the Pendergast machine. Written...
Frank Walsh and His Relationship With the Kansas City Star
A great deal of detail concerning Irish Kansas City lawyer and political figure, Frank Walsh. Includes information on his connection with the Board of Public Welfare, U.S. Commission on Industrial Relations,...
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...
James Pendergast--An Appreciation
Biographical article about James Pendergast, or Jim Pendergast, referred to here as "'Boss' Pendergast."
Jim Pendergast Is Dead at 70: Long Illness Fatal to Political Leader, Nephew of Late Boss
Photo and obituary for James Michael Pendergast, or James Pendergast (ca. 1896-1966), "the last to carry the family name in the political arena" dying at the age of 70 on March 28, 1966 at his home at...
Judge Truman Runs For the Senate
A 20 page paper about Harry Truman's senatorial campaign of 1934 and his political career and ties to the Jackson County Pendergast machine, etc. Indicates on the paper that it was written for a Kansas...
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...
Leadership in a Large Manager City: The Case of Kansas City
Extensive article (with many scholarly references) on Kansas City's municipal leadership centering "on the nonpartisan principle" through the Citizens Association (since 1941) "and the council-manager...
Local Pipe Dreams: That of the Hon.
June 18, 1904
Poem about James Francis Pendergast, or Jim Pendergast, older brother of Tom Pendergast and political boss of the "North End" of Kansas City.
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.
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