Pendergast Machine

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Genre: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Record of interviews and visits for Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295, including dates of visits by his family members and attorneys between June 5, 1939, and April 9, 1940. 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.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Herbert Corey regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Corey writes that, while Higgins was undoubtedly guilty as charged, "he is not a criminal at heart," and "was the perfect victim for a political machine," describing him as "a stumbling, jovial, well meaning man who was able to do some good for his city." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Special Agent R. C. Lynn regarding his investigation into Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Lynn argues that Higgins was appointed to his post as director of the Kansas City Police department "over the objections of Mr. T. J. Pendergast and the late Mr. H. F. McElroy, and was merely 'tolerated' by Pendergast while serving in that role.

Genre: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Parole progress report for Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, which includes testing results, a mention of his "super intelligence" and "excellent personality," his "fair general health," and a note that he "wishes whole-heartedly that he had never become involved in politics." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

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Transcriptions

Transcript of the parole hearing for Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L, before the Judge T. Webber Wilson. Wilson questions Higgins about his crime of income tax evasion, his work and personal history, and his plans for work should he be paroled.

Genre: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Press release announcing that, after a hearing at the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth and further consideration in Washington, D.C., the United States Board of Parole concluded that "parole issuance in the case of Thomas J. Pendergast would be unjustifiable and incompatible with the public interest," and thus is denied.

Genre: 
Miscellaneous Documents

U.S. Attorney's report on Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295, which records Higgins' defense attorneys, summarizes the charges, and notes the sentence imposed. The report records as aggravating circumstances obstruction of justice, suborning perjury, and evidence of income tax violation in other years, though "proof only goes back to 1927." Judge Merrill Otis and U.S. Attorney Maurice M. Milligan both recommend against parole.

Genre: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Prison record of Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295, which includes sentencing dates and terms and notes his conditional release on May 30, 1940. 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.

Genre: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Report from Internal Revenue Service Special Agent Rudolph H. Hartmann submitted to the warden of the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth, regarding Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295. The report describes Pendergast's charges, convictions, and sentencing, as well as detailing the circumstances of his income tax evasion. The report also mentions that Pendergast may be subject to additional charges stemming from the investigation into R.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Thomas J. Pendergast to Kansas Governor Harry H. Woodring in which Pendergast introduces Howard M. Smith, "a member of my [Pendergast's] organization," for the purpose of discussing Black state schools in Kansas.

Genre: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Court Opinion by Judge George R. Ellison for Criminal Case No. 34750: State of Missouri vs. John Gadwood, Appellant. Upon reviewing the assignments of error in Gadwood's motion for a new trial, Ellison affirms that Gadwood was guilty of murdering Lee Flacy on March 27, 1934. The alleged murder occurred "during a city election in Kansas City at a restaurant located at 5824 Swope Parkway, two doors from the polling place for the 25th precinct of the 16th ward." Gadwood was the "rabbit" faction ward leader and Flacy was a "goat" faction precinct captain.

Genre: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Court Opinion by Judge George R. Ellison for Case No. 35302: State ex rel. County of Jackson, State of Missouri, David E. Long, J.W. Hostetter and Battle McCardle, as judges of the county court of Jackson County, Missouri, and William Hicks, as clerk of the county court of Jackson County, Missouri, petitioners, vs. Honorable Marion D. Waltner, Judge of the circuit court of Jackson County, Missouri, and Clarence B. Reed, respondents. Ellison details respondent Reed's petition for injunction to contest the results of a bond election during the August 1936 primary.

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