Photocopy of a letter from James M. Pendergast to his wife Kathleen Pendergast in Lexington, Virginia. James explains the circumstances of John Lazia's death and mentions being there with him as he died in the hospital. James then updates her on other personal details. The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum does not hold the original document.
Photocopy of a letter from President Harry S. Truman to James M. Pendergast in which Truman expresses his desire for Pendergast to be able to reestablish the Kansas City Democratic organization of the 1920's and 1930's. He also hopes that James's current feud with the Aylwards does not hinder this goal. The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum does not hold the original document.
Photocopy of a letter on behalf of President Harry S. Truman to James M. Pendergast, President of the Jackson Democratic Club at 1908 Main Street. Enclosed with the letter was a check for $6.00 to the Jackson Democratic Club, a Pendergast organization, for membership dues for 1947. Attached to the letter is a newspaper article from February 14, 1986 that recognizes this membership renewal forty years previous. The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum does not hold the original document.
Letter from Harry S. Truman at the Hotel Robidoux in St. Joseph, Missouri to his wife Bess in Independence, Missouri. In the letter, Truman mentions sharing his hotel room with James Pendergast during an American Legion State Convention. Truman comments that James is, "a nice boy and as smart as the old man he's named for."
Letter from V. R. Messall on behalf of Senator Harry S. Truman Young Democratic Club of Eastern Jackson County President Jewell B. Hodge. Messall responds to Hodge's request for a solution for the political situation currently affecting Independence, Missouri Mayor Roger T. Sermon and James M. Pendergast. He informs Hodge that Truman has already left for Missouri for at least a week and that Messall will notify Truman upon his return to Washington.
Letter from Harry S. Truman in Independence, Missouri to his wife Bess in Biloxi, Mississippi. In this particularly revealing letter, Truman provides a detailed update on politics in Jackson County and says, "I have talked to T.J. [Tom Pendergast] and to Jim [James Pendergast] over the phone. T.J. is much better and gave me to understand that I could do as I pleased with the county."
Mr. James Pendergast (third from left) is photographed at President Harry S. Truman's inaugural gala at the National Guard Armory in Washington, D.C. Pendergast's wife, Kathleen (fourth from left), and daughter, Mary Ellen Pendergast (unknown position), are also present along with two unidentified women.
Photocopy of a letter from President Harry S. Truman to James M. Pendergast in which Truman provides his opinion on the federal investigations of Tom Pendergast's tax fraud. The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum does not hold the original document.
Typed on United States Senate Memorandum paper, this list includes the names and addresses of every Pendergast Democratic Organization officer and ward leader including Thomas J. Pendergast, James M. Pendergast, George Harrington, Elijah Mathes, and B. W. Gnefkow.
Photocopy of a letter from President Harry S. Truman to James M. Pendergast in Kansas City. After learning that James had sided in opinion with one of Truman's political adversaries, Truman sends a heated letter, mentioning that he never thought it to "be necessary for me to ask a Pendergast to make a choice between an upstart little Rabbit and the President of the United States." Truman ends the letter saying, "[Roger] Slaughter is obnoxious to me and you must make your choice." The Harry S. Truman Library and Museum does not hold the original document.