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Henry R Luce
Lawrence H Larsen
Information on the Clean-Up Campaign in the late 1930s, organized to remove local political machine boss Tom Pendergast from his position of unofficial power over the city.
Thomas J. Pendergast
File containing 1930s newspaper articles on Tom Pendergast, his brother James Pendergast, and other family members, from the mounted clipping file with an index. Also photostat copies of magazine articles...
Newspaper clippings with photos, illustrations, and information about Tom Pendergast (1872-1945) and his political machine in Kansas City in the 1920s-1930s, associating with organized crime and election...
City of the Future: A Narrative History of Kansas City, 1850-1950
Description of the turbulent 1930s in Kansas City, especially 1933, "a year of culminating evil and achievement."
Franklin D. Roosevelt and the City Bosses
Chapter of the book about Tom Pendergast, political boss of Kansas City, with comparisons of him to other national urban bosses rising and falling in the Great Depression.
K. C.: A History of Kansas City, Missouri
Photos of Thomas Joseph Pendergast, Sr., or Tom Pendergast in about 1902 and in 1936, with various descriptions of his career and influences on the city throughout the book (specific pages listed in index)....
Black Beauty, White Heat: A Pictorial History of Classic Jazz, 1920-1950
Numerous photos and captions, along with discussion about the jazz scene from 1922 to 1948.
Encyclopedia of Missouri--A Volume of Encyclopedia of the United States
Biography of Tom Pendergast (1870-1945), "Democratic leader of Kansas City and 'boss' of Missouri politics for two decades [the 1920s and 1930s]," "born in St. Joseph, Missouri."
Goin' to Kansas City
Book about Kansas City jazz and jazz history, with the title taken from a song by "Little" Willie Littlefield.
This booklet contains the names, life stories, and pictures of the different Democratic Party candidates running in the November 4, 1902, Jackson County election. Included is Tom Pendergast, a nominee...
Political History of Jackson County: Biographical Sketches of Men Who Have Helped to Make It
Photo and bio of Thomas Joseph Pendergast, or Tom Pendergast, "Democratic nominee for marshal of Jackson County." Born in Saint Joseph, Missouri in 1872 and coming "to Kansas City in 1890" as a business...
Men Who Are Making Kansas City: A Biographical Dictionary
Photo and bio of Thomas Pendergast (later Boss Tom Pendergast), "Superintendent of City Streets" since 1900. Born in Saint Joseph, Missouri in 1872 and coming to Kansas City in 1888 (according to this...
Kansas City in Caricature
Illustrated caricature of Tom Pendergast, a wholesale liquor dealer and later a local political machine boss.
Head and shoulders portrait.
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.
Machine Politics: Kansas City Model
Master of arts thesis on machine politics in Kansas City with information on political boss Tom Pendergast and many others, etc.
The Big Bosses
Chapter of the book about Tom Pendergast (1872-1945), political boss of Kansas City mainly during the 1920s and 1930s, with details of his "rule" and politicians practically "appointed" by him across the...
Photograph of Harry Truman speaking to James Pendergast after Tom Pendergast's funeral.
Tom's Town: Kansas City and the Pendergast Legend
Descriptions of the chronology of Tom Pendergast's prison entrance (May 29, 1939) and release (May 1940) and subsequent death (January 26, 1945).
Rebel at Large: Recollections of Fifty Crowded Years
Chapter of the book about the Rabbits and Goats factions of the Jackson County Democratic Party and the role of their leaders such as Jim Pendergast, Tom Pendergast, and James Reed (all Goats) in the Missouri...
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