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KC’s Organized-crime Past Inspires an Up-to-date App
April 9, 2015
A new cell phone app, designed by retired Kansas City police officer Gary Jenkins, takes users on a Kansas City mob history tour.
Living with HisStory
Article describes the former home of Tom Pendergast, at 200 W. 54th Street. The home, also once occupied by KMBC anchorman Larry Moore, was designed by architect Frederick Crosby Gunn.
M. J. Pendergast Dies [and] Pendergast Was a Fighter
Photo and obituary articles for Michael Pendergast (ca. 1867-1929), "former city clerk, and for more than thirty years a leader in the Democratic organization in Kansas City." Native of Saint Joseph, Missouri...
M. J. Pendergast Dies Following 4 Years' Illness: Brother of Democratic Leader Inactive Politically since 1925
Photo and obituary articles for Michael Pendergast (ca. 1867-1929), "lieutenant of the 'big boss'" Tom Pendergast in his Kansas City political machine, dying at the age of 62 on September 2, 1929. Native...
Machine Defends "Night Life"
February 26, 1938
Article about an investigative report by Westbrook Pegler of the Kansas City Journal-Post on the support and justification of the Pendergast machine's organized crime in the city "'on the ground of public...
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.
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...
Article detailing the conversion of the Hotel Monroe, once owned by Tom Pendergast, located at 1904 Main Street. The author describes the Hotel Monroe Condominiums as "a blend of historic preservation...
Missouri--A Threat and a Promise
Discussion of Missouri's importance in the 1932 presidential election, influenced by Tom Pendergast and Bennett Champ Clark, "the only two interesting and significant figures in the entire campaign in...
Missouri Biographies: Harry S Truman and Pendergast Politics
Photos and biographical article about Harry Truman operating as presiding judge of the Jackson County Court and national senate candidate under the Kansas City political regime of Tom Pendergast in the...
Missouri Dark Mule
Article about the possible 1940 presidential campaign of Missouri Senator Bennett Champ Clark, or Bennett Clark, discussing his political history, including relations with the Pendergast machine, with...
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.
Missouri Has No Governor
Story about the delay in governor-elect Forrest Donnell taking his office due to a block by the Missouri legislature. Description of the staying-on of Governor Lloyd Stark and political battling at the...
Missouri Waltz: Machines Grind Out a Harmony That Drowns Out Reform Forces
Photo of Lawrence McDaniel, opponent of Forrest Donnell for governor of Missouri in an article about the continuing influence of the machine politics of Tom Pendergast in Kansas City and Bernard Dickmann...
Missouri's "Molly" Stark: They All Came from Missouri and Didn't Believe It Could Be Done but eh Governor Showed Them
Story of the changing loyalties between Missouri Governor Lloyd C. Stark and Kansas City Boss Tom Pendergast, with information on the careers of the Stark family going back to the 1700s.
Missouri's Boss Pendergast
Article about the rise to political power of "Boss Tom Pendergast" starting before 1900 and detailing his political power in Missouri state government as well as in Jackson County and Kansas City. Also...
Missouri: A Gentleman's Jury Moves on a Know-Nothing Boss
Photo (of Tom Pendergast) and article about the 1936 election returns and their fraudulent collection led by "the Pendergast machine."
Missouri: Kansas City's Boss Rises to New Statewide Power
Article about the spread of the Pendergast machine's power from Kansas City to the Missouri state government (including his eventual domination of rival Joseph Shannon), with photo of and quotes from Pendergast...
Missouri: Machine Busting
Article about the involvements against the Pendergast machine and Federal Judges Merrill Otis and Albert Reeves, following the 1936 election fraud.
Missouri: That Man Again
Article about the restoration of "Pendergastery" in Missouri politics with the election of Senator Harry Truman and defeat of Maurice Milligan (for senator) and Lloyd Stark (for governor), with the help...
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