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Henry R Luce
Nancy J Hulston
A 13-Year Nightmare Ends
Letter to the editor reviewing the 13 years (from about 1926 to 1939) of unofficial city government control by the Pendergast machine in Kansas City and the demand for a clean-up campaign to ensure against...
A Bead on the Goats: Coalition Leader Seeks End of Pendergast Power
Article about the movement to purge the Kansas City area of its last vestiges of the Pendergast machine in the form of three court officers in an election.
A Political Boss Talks about His Job
Candid interview with Tom Pendergast with several quotes and insights into the Pendergast machine.
Alderman Jim Pendergast
Biography of James or "Big Jim" Pendergast, older brother of Tom Pendergast, starting in Kansas City politics in the late 1870s as a saloon keeper and City Council alderman in the First Ward, including...
April 20, 1940
Article about the one-year anniversary of the beginning of the fall of "the city's machine dictatorship," with a chronology of events in April 1939 starting with the resignation of city manager Henry McElroy...
Information, including a photo, about Anthony Barber, a controversial and elusive political figure in 1980s-1990s Jackson County government, associated with rock quarries, and suspected political boss....
Behind the Scenes with James E. Burke: Burke, Pendergast and J.C. Nichols
Excerpt from a 1976 speech given by local real estate developer and former Pendergast associate James Burke, about ties between J. C. Nichols and Tom Pendergast related to the paving of Brush Creek on...
Biography of Casimir John Joseph Michael Welch (1873-1936), Politician
Biography of Henry Francis McElroy (1865-1939), City Manager
Biography of James Francis Pendergast (1856-1911), Kansas City Alderman
Biography of Joseph B. Shannon (1867-1943), Congressman
Biography of Thomas Pendergast (1873-1945), Business Owner and "Political Boss"
Unverified article about Kansas City's political boss Tom Pendergast.
Boss Rules: Tom Pendergast Holds Missouri Democracy in Hollow of His Hefty Hand
Article about the influence over the Democratic Party in the Missouri state government by self-proclaimed political boss of Kansas City, Tom Pendergast, with photo and quotes by him and personal insights...
Boss Tom Had the Power, Delivered the Patronage
Matt Devoe's recollections of the Pendergast era.
Case against the Star
Article describing the Kansas City Star newspaper, its history of opposing political machines itself, and the federal antitrust court case against the paper.
Citizens v. Boss: Citizens Win
History of the extreme turnaround in organization of Kansas City's government, from 1931 when $10 million of $32 million in bond improvements were "utilized illegally for private gain," to 1954 with Kansas...
Information on the Clean-Up Campaign in the late 1930s, organized to remove local political machine boss Tom Pendergast from his position of unofficial power over the city.
Criminal Aspects of the Pendergast Machine
Detailed examination of the Kansas City political machine of Tom Pendergast (starting with his older brother James Pendergast), "one of the most powerful city machines in United States history," from "the...
Dictionary of Missouri Biography
Biography of "Casimir John Joseph Michael "Cas" Welch," or Casimir Welch (1873-1936), "a colorful Kansas City Democratic machine politician of the Pendergast era" of Irish descent controlling east of downtown...
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