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Nancy J Hulston
Henry R Luce
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...
May We Present W. W. (Tom) Graves
Photo and biographical article about W. W. Graves, Jr. (Waller Washington Graves), or Tom Graves, prosecuting attorney of Jackson County with close ties to the Pendergast machine.
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 Governor: Both Candidates Come from Lebanon
Article about the two main candidates for Missouri Governor, Phil M. Donnelly and Jean Paul Bradshaw, both from Lebanon, Missouri, and "legal and political rivals" in Laclede County for two often opposing...
Missouri Politics: State Government Stands Still as Democrats Try to "Steal' Governorship
Photos and article about the 1940 gubernatorial election in Missouri, involving outgoing Governor Lloyd Stark (anti-Pendergast), defeated Lawrence McDaniel, victorious Forrest Donnell, James Blair, Jr....
Missouri Waltz: The Inside Story of the Pendergast Machine by the Man Who Smashed It
Chapter of the book about the Union Station Massacre in 1933 and the events leading up to and following it, including descriptions of John Lazia, "Pretty Boy" Floyd, or Pretty Boy Floyd, and police officers...
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.
Move Over, Girls, the Machine's Moving In
Essay about the forced relocation of prostitutes from their usual place between 12th, Cherry, Locust, and 13th Streets to "only two blocks over toward Troost" by the Pendergast machine, mainly due to their...
Municipal Service Bureau Satisfies Vexed Citizens
Photo and article about the "Kansas City Bureau of Information and Service" or "Information and Service Bureau" of the city government at City Hall, "established September 1, 1940" for public provision...
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...
National Affairs: Republic, Pendergast Style
Photo and article about the apparent return of power of the Pendergast machine in Kansas City in the 1946 elections with the victory of Jim Pendergast-backed Enos Axtell for national representative. Photos...
New Light on Harding from Kansas Citian's Papers
Photos and biographical article about former president Warren Harding and his ties to Kansas Citian Emmett Montgomery Reily, or E. Mont Reily (ca. 1866-1954), one of Harding's local supporters appointed...
Nicking Street Car Riders' Nickels
Photo and biographical article about Brigadier-General E. M. Stayton, "Kansas City street railway commissioner," resident of Independence, and former teacher in Independence starting in 1907. Description...
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...
One Place the Machine Failed
Photo of C. Whit Pfeiffer, "secretary of the charity bureau" and "[p]erhaps the man most responsible for the high level that relief work has been carried on in Kansas City and Jackson county." Description...
One Year Ago This Week
Descriptions of incidents in Kansas City on March 12-13, 1934, involving the blockage of registered voters from the polls and bringing in of paid voters by the Pendergast machine for "[t]wo bits a vote."...
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.
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