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Nancy J Hulston
A Theodore Brown
Biography of Bryce B. Smith (1878-1962), Mayor of Kansas City, 1930-1934
Biography of Henry Francis McElroy (1865-1939), City Manager
Biography of Thomas Pendergast (1873-1945), Business Owner and "Political Boss"
Can It Happen Here?
Comparison of city government corruption between Kansas City and Cincinnati, the more "rotten" one at the time being Kansas City.
Candidate Alleges Corruption, Meets with U.S. Attorney
Article on alleged corruption in Kansas City, Missouri city government brought forth by candidate for mayor.
Citizens' Election Committee in Action
Story of political corruption involving Democratic party officials at the polls and threatening phone calls following a police interaction.
Corruption and Mayhem--Inside Look at Mafia
Photos and article about the crack-down on a Kansas City "criminal empire deeply involved in murder, extortion, loan sharking, illegal gambling, bombing, arson and corruption of officials." Description...
Corruption: Missouri Waltz
Article about the reformist investigation of various types of corruption in the latest session of the Missouri State Legislature, led by lawyer Charles Martin Hay, pointing out several suspicious labor...
Crimes Arouse Public
Short article about suspected official corruption in allowing gambling and other organized crime to go on in the city.
Dictionary of Missouri Biography
Biography of Thomas J. Pendergast (1872-1945), the political boss of Kansas City, Missouri, roughly during the 1920s and 1930s, responsible for much city government corruption and unenforced criminal activities...
Editorial Comment: "You Can't Fool All of the People. .."
Article about the drastic disappearance of corruption in the city government between 1940 and 1942, as evidenced in elections, taxes, employment, etc.
Editorial Comment: Lucky "13" for Kansas City?
Summary of the thirteen years under the city manager plan of government of Kansas City and its failure due to corruption.
Book extract of the autobiography of Edward Keating (1875-1965), a national representative from Colorado working with Missouri Representative Champ Clark and Senator Harry Truman against political corruption...
Folk: The Story of a Little Leaven in a Great Commonwealth
Photo and article about the political corruption in the Missouri state government with descriptions of several politicians such as Alexander Cochran, "state counselor for the Missouri Pacific" Railroad,...
Highest Point in KC Housed Corruption Cleanser
August 19, 2009
Postcard image of the David Proctor residence at 7404 Mercier St., reported to be "located on the highest point in Kansas City, 301.5 feet above the Missouri River." The accompanying article includes biographical...
Book by Lear B. Reed, former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) special agent and Kansas City Police Chief (July 11, 1939 - September 30, 1941). Reed tells the story of his work with the FBI, his decision...
Jim Reed's Great Opportunity
Biographical article about the role of Missouri Senator James Reed as a leader in the investigation of "corruption affecting Senate personnel" partially by the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana, noting Reed's "record...
Joe McNamara Talks about Strikes, fires, the Mafia, and Kojak
Photos, interview, and biographical article about Joseph McNamara, chief of the Kansas City Police Department (from 1973-1976), discussing the labor strike of police officers firefighters, presence organized...
K. C.: A History of Kansas City, Missouri
Photo and various references to and descriptions of L. P. Cookingham, the first city manager of Kansas City after the removal of the Pendergast machine in 1940. He was chosen by the city government in...
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...
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