Pendergast, Thomas J.

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Photographs

Photograph of Harry S. Truman speaking to James Pendergast following Tom Pendergast's funeral.

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Photographs
Clippings

Clipping from an article on Tom Pendergast entitled "Portrait of 'The Boss'" in the Kansas City Star on February 28, 1932. This photograph shows the outside of the Jackson County Democratic Club, located on the second floor of 1908 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri.

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Correspondence

Letter from Ellison Neel to Frank Hollingsworth, chairman of the Douglas-for-Judge Club. Neel recommends John T. Harding to give a speech, and recommends spreading the word that Pendergast is causing trouble amongst the Democrats "to try to help him gratify his spite and ill-will towards" Governor Lloyd C. Stark for not reappointing the local election board.

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Clippings
Photographs

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post on October 16, 1932 showing the attendees of the funeral of Francis M. Wilson, Democratic Candidate for Governor of Missouri that year until his death. Those present include Tom Pendergast, Joe Shannon, Guy Park, Lloyd Stark, Thomas Bash, et al.

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Cartoons (Commentary)

Cartoon from the Kansas City Journal-Post before the local election on March 25, 1930. The drawing depicts Tom Pendergast as a ringleader in a circus with his assistant Cas Welch by his side. Their pockets are stuffed with local infrastructure contracts. Spectators to the circus include Henry F. McElroy, Alfred N. Gossett, Charles H. Clark, Bryce B. Smith, Ruby D. Garrett, Elliott H. Jones, Byron Spencer, Frank M. Eviston, James B. Shoemaker, and Joseph B. Shannon.

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Clippings
Photographs

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on April 24, 1935 showing Thomas J. Pendergast, Carolyn E. Pendergast, Governor Guy B. Park, and Eleanora G. Park attending the marriage of Thomas J. Pendergast, Jr. and Mary Louise Weyer. The caption states, "Bridegroom's Parents (upper) - Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Pendergast as they left the vestibule of St. Peter's church today where their son, Thomas J. Pendergast jr., wed Miss Mary Louis Weyer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Weyer, 6401 Main street. Distinguished Guests (lower) - Governor and Mrs. Guy B.

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Clippings
Cartoons (Commentary)

Clipping with a cartoon depicting a group of rabbits forcing a goat to run away. The rabbits represent the Kansas City Democratic faction controlled by Joe Shannon whereas the goat represents the faction controlled by Tom Pendergast. The caption states, "Since the primary, a goat no longer guards the entrance to the farm of "Doc" Johnson, a rabbit leader."

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Clippings

Reproduction of an article from the Springfield Leader on January 28, 1932 concerning the Pendergast Machine's efforts to retain control of their portion of the Democratic National Committee. Pendergast hopes that William T. Kemper, Sr. will run for re-election as the "Kansas City Machine apparently fears [Frank C.] Niles can't win National Committee Place."

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Periodicals
Cartoons (Commentary)

Citizens' League Bulletin issue with the main article being a reproduction of a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report and editorial on Kansas City corruption and vice. Other articles document exorbitant car insurance premiums in Kansas City, pervasive public gambling and prostitution, and the relationship between Tom Pendergast and John Lazia.

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Clippings
Cartoons (Commentary)

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on April 22, 1931 shows a satirical concept for police badges to be used by "Goat", "Rabbit", and "Hybrid" factions controlled by Tom Pendergast, Joe Shannon, and Cas Welch, respectively.

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Photographs
Clippings

Clipping from the St. Louis Star on March 28, 1932 of "Tom Himself". The photograph of Thomas J. Pendergast was taken that day at the Democratic State Convention for Missouri in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Clippings
Photographs

Clipping from the Kansas City Post on April 24, 1935 showing Thomas J. Pendergast and Carolyn E. Pendergast attending the marriage of Thomas J. Pendergast, Jr. and Mary Louise Weyer. The caption states, "Pendergasts at Wedding - Mr and Mrs. Thomas J. Pendergast, parents of Thomas James Pendergast, jr., whose wedding to Miss Mary Louise Weyer was solemnized Wednesday morning at St. Peter's church, are shown above as they left the church. More than 1,000 persons crowded into the church to attend the nuptials. Among the guests were Gov. and Mrs. Guy B. Park.

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KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.