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Letter from J. B. Fletcher to Governor Lloyd C. Stark expressing opinions on Stark's election, his dislike of Pendergast, and how he thinks voting should work in future elections. Fletcher says Stark should "give voters single ticket and convict old Pendergas[t]."

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May 2nd 1938

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to Lloyd C. Stark, offering to provide Stark information on the "state situation" and saying his plan sounds "right and proper."

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April 5th 1935

Letter from William M. Ledbetter to Lloyd C. Stark discussing upcoming meetings with press associations and the support Stark has with various lawyers and politicians in the state versus other prospective candidates.

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June 16th 1935

Letter from C. L. Chandler to Lloyd C. Stark regarding the feelings in Malden, Missouri, about the upcoming governors race and Stark's prospects in particular.

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June 17th 1935

Letter from C. L. Chandler to Lloyd C. Stark, thanking him for the information about the political situation in his area.

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June 20th 1935

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to C. L. Chandler, requesting further information about other prospective candidates for governor and their support in Chandler's area of the state.

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August 28th 1935

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Reginald D. Frame, thanking him for a letter of congratulations and noting "the almost unanimous support I have received from the Democratic Party in the different counties, and the solid backing of both the St. Louis and Kansas City Democracy."

Date: 
October 28th 1935

Letter from Reginald D. Frame to Lloyd C. Stark, congratulation him on his support from Tom Pendergast and pledging his own support for his campaign in Clay County. He writes that with Pendergast's support, "there is no doubt of your VICTORY in both the Nomination as well as the Election."

Letter signed "Hayz" to Lloyd C. Stark indicating that some people thought Roy McKittrick would be a strong opponent for Stark in the gubernatorial election and that the machine had not yet decided which candidate to support. He writes: "I told him that the Boss ought to put his okay on a man who would run good out in the state and keep the organization intact."

Date: 
July 2nd 1935

Letter from Jimmy Hurst to Johnny Wurzer promoting Lloyd Stark's candidacy for governor and asking him to "get them talking Stark" in Liberty.

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July 7th 1935

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Mrs. Francis M. Wilson, discussing how he is waiting to learn if Pendergast will support his candidacy.

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June 27th 1935

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Mrs. Francis M. Wilson, stating his confidence that he will receive the support of the Pendergast machine and Bennett Clark.

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July 6th 1935

Letter from Jimmy Hurst to Lloyd C. Stark warning him of a potential situation of concern involving Matthew Murray, director of the state relief fund, and his concern that Murray "might be something sinister in the making."

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July 11th 1935

Letter from W. R. Reavis to Lloyd C. Stark. Reavis writes that Pendergast's support is a good goal, but that he believes Stark's candidacy could still be successful without that endorsement. He writes that "to allow [the machine] to continue to dominate the party outstate is inviting disaster," and that "a smart man in the governor's chair could circumscribe their activities without alienating their support and cooperation."

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July 11th 1935

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to W. R. Reavis, writing that he agrees with his assesment of his chances in the campaign should he not receive Pendergast's endorsement.

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July 16th 1935

Letter from Charles W. Dickey to Lloyd C. Stark recommending Stark make a connection with Guy Wade, new District Federal Works Progress Administrator for Springfield, and suggesting he would be a useful campaign supporter.

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July 15th 1935

Letter from Foy Trimble to Lloyd C. Stark, making recommendations for Democratic connections to make in Gallatin, Jamesport, Chillicothe, and other areas.

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April 15th 1935

Letter from Congressman Clarence Cannon to Lloyd C. Stark, relating a conversaion with Rufus Jackson about who Pendergast and the Missouri Democrats were opting to support in the upcoming gubernatorial race.

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July 13th 1935

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Mrs. Francis M. Wilson, writing with family news and reporting that he has heard that Roy McKittrick will not be running for governor but is likely to receive Pendergast support to run for attorney general.

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July 25th 1935

Letter from Jimmy Hurst to Lloyd C. Stark, advising Stark on strengthening certain political relationships for the upcoming campaign, including his connection with Jim Aylward. He also writes that Judge Ross "is one of the very last men T.J. consults with when making an important political move," and that he spoke with the judge about Stark.

Date: 
September 5th 1935

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