Tom Pendergast Inmate File: Letter from Mattie Acock to Franklin D. Roosevelt

Description

Letter from Mattie Acock to President Franklin D. Roosevelt regarding Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295. Acock writes asking for Roosevelt to support Pendergast's parole, and says that Governor Lloyd Stark is mad because Pendergast got former governor Guy B. Park elected before Stark, and that "God dont like a Trouble maker like Govenor Stark [sic]." Acock also writes to Roosevelt that that if he pardons Pendergast, "when you die you will go to heaven." Pendergast, known for his powerful Kansas City political machine and ties to organized crime, was found guilty of income tax evasion in 1939 and sentenced to 15 months in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth.

Date Created
1939-05-22
Modern Location
Kansas City, MO
Neighborhood
Collection Title, Call or Box Number
NARA ID 580698, Notorious Offenders Files, 1919-1975
Rights Statement

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Digital Object Identifier
NARACP-580698-0004-0044