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Henry R Luce
Lawrence H Larsen
August 1, 2006
Photograph and six quotations related to Tom Pendergast and the era of machine politics in Kansas City. Among those quoted are Tom Pendergast, Jim Pendergast, and Harry S. Truman.
Washington Notes: Representative Bell Stalks and Townsend Scalps--Clements as Investigator--Townsend-into-Messiah
Biographical article about C. Jasper Bell, a national representative "chosen to head the Townsend investigation primarily because he was known to be a lieutenant of Boss Tom Pendergast of Kansas City,"...
Truman Places: Jackson Democratic Club
Article discusses Truman's relationship with Tom Pendergast.
Report of the indictment of Boss Pendergast for income tax evasion and its consequences on organized crime in the city.
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).
Tom Pendergast: Boss of Kansas City Ages, and Turn of Fortune Changes
History of the still-ruling political machine and its illegal activities under Tom Pendergast, with photos, including Pendergast and his concrete plant and liquor distributorship.
Tom Pendergast at Leavenworth Prison
June 27, 1905
This book on the Leavenworth Penitentiary includes a mention of Tom Pendergast including the story behind the prison mugshot of him which the Kansas City Star wanted to publish.
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...
Chapter discusses Tom Pendergast's relationship with the Roosevelt administration. Initially, relations were cordial as Pendergast supported Roosevelt's bid for the presidency. Roosevelt aide Jim Farley...
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...
Head and shoulders portrait.
Thunder over Kansas City: Slaughter and a Challenge
Third of a four-part series of magazine articles on the microfilm roll with photos, illustrations, and information on the Pendergast machine of Kansas City. Description of criminal and legal figures associated...
Thunder over Kansas City: Murder and an Election
Second of a four-part series of magazine articles on the microfilm roll with photos, illustrations, and information on the Pendergast machine of Kansas City. Description of criminal and legal figures associated...
Thunder over Kansas City: Conclusion
Fourth of a four-part series of magazine articles on the microfilm roll with photos, illustrations, and information on the Pendergast machine of Kansas City. Description of the 1936 election fraud here...
Thunder over Kansas City: A Machine and a Massacre
First of a four-part series of magazine articles on the microfilm roll with photos, illustrations, and information on the Pendergast machine of Kansas City. Description of criminal figures associated here...
Thomas Pendergast and His Political Machine
A portion of a chapter in the book is devoted to the Irish Pendergast family and their rise to fame in Kansas City politics in the first half of the 20th century.
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...
These Residences, Just Completed in Consecutive Blocks on Ward Parkway, Heighten the Interest in That Street of Fine Homes
Photos and caption about the new Ward Parkway homes of Tom Pendergast (5650 Ward Parkway), Michael Katz, or Mike Katz (southwest corner of Ward Parkway and Stratford Road), and Raymond White (5735 Ward...
The Way We Weren't
Article discusses several historians' attitudes toward Tom Pendergast and his Kansas City political machine. The author highlights the negative aspects of Pendergast and his associates, reacting to historian...
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