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William E. Byers Speech ("1940")

Text of a speech given by William E. Byers in Slater, Missouri on April 20, 1939. It discusses the activities of the Pendergast political machine and his hope for a future government based on "Americanism."

The Recent Primary Victory

Statement by William Hirth, publisher of The Missouri Farmer, discussing the recent Missouri Supreme Court primary election. He describes it as "the greatest blow ever struck for decent government in the history of Missouri" and demonstrating "that when the people finally tire of political bossism they can and will arise in their might, and smite it hip and thigh."

Speech of Maj. Lloyd C. Stark, candidate for Democratic Nomination for Governor

The full text of a speech given by Missouri gubernatorial candidate Lloyd Stark over radio at St. Louis station KSD on August 3, 1936 from 8:45-9 p.m.

Press Release from Democratic City Headquarters

Press release from democratic Headquarters which quotes extensively from gubernatorial candidate Lloyd Stark. Content largely counters the argument that Stark is beholden to the Pendergast political machine.

Memorandum Regarding Stark Campaign

Memoradum discussing plans for Lloyd Stark's gubernatorial campaign. It notes the importance of announcing the Pendergast endorsement quickly and openly "to prevent, as far as possible, a 'reconsideration' later." It also discusses plans for establishing Stark-for-Governor clubs throughout the state, establishing patronage, finance and executive committees, and how to deal with the likely anti-Pendergast movement.

Letter from Bonham E. Freeman to Lloyd C. Stark

Letter from Bonham E. Freeman to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that Billings supporters were intending to make a last minute campaign push in Pike County "in order to discredit you in your own county," and describes the opinions of some locals "that the party is being injured by your disagreement with Pendergast."

Letter from "Executive Secretary" to Hon. Drew Pearson

Letter signed "Executive Secretary" to Hon. Drew Pearson, regarding the Missouri delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The letter says that, despite the efforts of the "anti-Roosevelt forces, headed by Missouri's Senior Senator" Bennett Clark and the Pendergast machine, the Missouri delegation to the convention "will be guided ... by a strongly worded resolution praising President Roosevelt's leadership," favored by Governor Stark.

From Ruth Hilton to Ralph Wiley

Letter updating Ralph Wiley WPA-related irregularities in her home town of Crane, Missouri involving Young Democratic Club members.

From Robert Locke to Lloyd C. Stark

Letter from Robert Locke, Kansas City Journal-Post science editor, to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, requesting Stark's approval to start a "Stark for President" Club. He also writes of R. Emmet O'Malley's removal as head of the state insurance commission and other concerns about the extent of corruption in state politics and elections, and expresses his belief that Stark might "wrest control of the state Democratic Party from the Pendergast-Shannon-Clark faction."

From R. F. Baynes to Lloyd C. Stark

Letter from R. F. Baynes to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing the state of the Missouri Supreme Court race in New Madrid County. He writes that Prosecuting Attorney J. V. Conran supports Billings and that the Pendergast machine is providing support for Billings in the county. He also writes about state election law and what actions are permissible in campaigning.

From Mendell Myers to Ellison A. Neel

Letter from Mendell Myers to Ellison A. Neel, in response to Neel's "courageous remarks" published in the previous day's Kansas City Star.

From Lloyd C. Stark to Tom Pendergast

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Tom Pendergast, including copies of letters to Senator Wilson and mentioning the upcoming Chicago Democratic Convention.