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Henry R Luce
Lawrence H Larsen
Political Notes: Kansas City Succession
Article about the political history and expectant succession of power from Tom Pendergast to his nephew James Michael Pendergast, or James Pendergast.
Book review (written by William Reddig) of "The Inside Storyof the Pendergast Machine by the Man Who Smashed It" by Maurice Milligan, about the Kansas City Pendergast machine headed by Boss Tom Pendergast...
Power in Tax Laws: Elmer L. Irey Has Made All Evaders Fearful
Photo and biographical article about Elmer Irey, "the man directing the federal investigation of what happened to the mysterious $447,000 paid in the Missouri insurance compromise case" dealing with the...
Primaries: Four More States Set for the People's Choice
Photo (of Tom Pendergast) and description of the 1934 senatorial election favoring nominee Harry Truman "a county judge with no State-wide reputation" but with political backing from Boss Tom Pendergast...
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...
Recall Unfaithful Officials
Article about the "investigations of grand juries, of the Forward Kansas City Committee and of the beginning of the audits of the city and county governments reveal[ing] incompetence and neglect in government...
Reformers, Factionalists and Kansas City's 1925 City Manager Charter
Photo (circa 1902), illustrated caricature (circa 1912), and description of Tom Pendergast as a political boss and wholesale liquor dealer opposing "major governmental reform."
Renaissance in Kansas City
Report on the "outstanding progress" in reform of Kansas City's government (following the imprisonment of former boss Tom Pendergast), with financial statistics.
Riverside--Historically an Entertainment Center
Article discusses Riverside Park as a site for horse races and, later, as Riverside Race Stadium for auto racing.
Roads For the Rich: Highway Development and the Upper Class of Kansas City, 1923-1936
Written as an Undergraduate Honors Thesis from the University of Kansas, this 48 page paper is on the important period in Kansas City's transportation development, during the period when the mobility of...
Chapter of the book about the federal law enforcement point of view on the political machine in Missouri of Boss Tom Pendergast of Kansas City especially during the 1930s. Description of his criminal investigations...
Southtown History: Where They Lived
Photos and biographical description of Tom Pendergast (1872-1945), a resident of southern Kansas City (on Ward Parkway) and political boss of the city as a whole in the 1920s-1930s. Native of Saint Joseph...
T. J. and W. T.
Biographical article about patching up of differences between William Kemper, Sr. ("Democratic national committeeman for Missouri") and Tom Pendergast (Democratic No. 1 man in Missouri"), "concerning an...
T. J. Pendergast Is Indicted
Photos and biographical article about the indictment of Tom Pendergast, Kansas City political boss, by the federal government for tax evasion. Shown with James Michael Pendergast, or James Pendergast,...
Ten Lessons Kansas City Can Teach the Nation
Description of ten positive aspects of Kansas City's government after the ousting of the Pendergast machine.
Th Shame of the Cities
Article giving a history of the Pendergast political machine, pointing out how such machines across the country win the favor of the poor to stay in power.
The $5,000 Check That "Tom" Accepted
Photo and caption about the possible embezzlement of a check endorsed only by Tom Pendergast for the city government's bill for sewer work done by the Kelly-Dennis contractors.
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...
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 comparisons to other city bosses across the country....
News of the 1934 city elections in Kansas City, with four people killed "as a result of gang methods of getting out the vote" by the Pendergast machine and Bryce Smith elected mayor over the "fusionist,"...
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