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Henry R Luce
Lawrence H Larsen
Missouri: Zealous Judges
Story about attempts to crack down on organized gambling through the courts, notably by the actions of Judge Southern.
National Affairs--Missouri: "Vote of Confidence"
Photo of Tom Pendergast and his nephew James Michael Pendergast, or James Pendergast (designated to take over for his uncle soon), in an article about the "re-election" of his political machine in 1936,...
National Affairs--Missouri: Zealous Judges
Photo of "Missouri's Circuit Judge" Allen Southern and article about his role in the prosecution of Kansas City officials involved in organized crime with the Pendergast machine. Mention of Governor Lloyd...
Old Haunt, New History
March 16, 2006
Article describes renovations underway in 2006 to convert the Monroe Hotel building at 1904 Main Street into condominiums. The hotel, once adjacent to Tom Pendergast's Jackson County Democratic Club office,...
On the Go in a Wide-Open Town: Harry Truman's Kansas City
Article about Kansas City during Harry Truman's local retail and political careers, from 1919 to 1934, starting with his haberdashery (hat store) business, Truman & Jacobson, at 104 West 12th Street, until...
Opposition to the Pendergast Machine, 1925-1934
Thesis about the Tom Pendergast machine, starting with 1925 and including a large section on Rabbi Mayerberg's "crusade" against the machine.
Organized Crime in Kansas City
"Open City is an historical work detailing and analyzing the birth and growth of an organized crime 'family' in Kansas City during the first 50 yars of the 20th Century" (back cover). It includes names...
Organized Crime in Kansas City, Missouri
Book jacket reads: "The alliance between organized crime and politics was never stronger than it was in Kansas City, where the local Mob boss controlled the police department and terrorized elections.......
Our Big Cities Are Perils to the Republic
Essay on the "peril" presented to the general American public by "the character of the government of most large American cities" such as Kansas City with its Pendergast machine (not specifically mentioning...
Photograph of Harry Truman speaking to James Pendergast after Tom Pendergast's funeral.
Entire two-volume series of the "Future" magazine focusing on the Pendergast machine of Kansas City and its various and nefarious activities and officials, with a penchant for sensationalism, propaganda,...
June 16, 1905
Chapter of the book about "the menace of the Pendergast machine" to federal justice in western Missouri from 1933 to 1939, during Tom Pendergast's term of illegal "statewide power" out of Kansas City.
Pendergast Politcal Machine
Article about Pendergast's political machine and its corruption.
Pendergast Political Machine
Article about the election frauds and other injustices of the Pendergast regime.
Pendergast Project is Almost Done
May 21, 2012
Article describes renovations to the former Jackson Democratic Club building at 1908 Main Street. The building was the headquarters of political boss Tom Pendergast during the 1920s and 1930s. It was recently...
March 28, 1905
Listing of Tom Pendergast's residence in 1914 at 301 West 13th Street and his T. J. Pendergast Liquor Company at 525 Delaware Street.
March 29, 1905
Listing of Tom Pendergast's residence in 1915 at 200 West 54th Street and his T. J. Pendergast Wholesale Liquor Company at 527 Delaware Street in the Midland Building.
April 12, 1905
Listing of Tom Pendergast's (vice-president of Ready Mixed Concrete Company) residence in 1929 at 5650 Ward Parkway.
Pendergast vs. Stark: Politics, Patronage, and the 1938 Supreme Court Democratic Primary
Article describes conflict between Tom Pendergast and Governor Lloyd Stark over appointments to State office and the contest between James V. Billings and James M. Douglas in the 1938 primary for a Missouri...
Election of local party candidates over political machine members to dispell Pendergast's hold on the city with the Democratic Party.
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