Pendergast, Thomas J.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Certificate of Conditional Release for Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295, stating that Pendergast is receiving a reduction of 90 days from his original sentence on the condition that a fine of $10,000 and past due income taxes are paid. The document also lists Lewis J. Grout as Pendergast's probation officer, and includes a receipt noting the $10,000 fine was paid on April 29, 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.

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Correspondence

Letter from Adolph P. Kern, Chief Probation Officer of Hudson County, New Jersey, to the Honorable Richard A. Chappell, Supervisor of Federal Probation, regarding Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295. Kern writes on behalf of Judge Thomas J. Brown, inquiring ask to probation terms which state that Pendergast cannot engage in politics upon his release, and wanting to know the "authority by which a person can be restrained from reentering public life" while on probation.

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Correspondence

Letter from Mattie Acock to Ruby Carr at the Justice Department regarding Tom Pendergast. Acock writes that Pendergast is a "good man" who gave her husband a job and has been "so good to the poor people," and she hopes he "will get to come home right away. She also writes at length about being poor and her other difficulties. 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.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Conditional release statement for Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295, detailing his intention to return to living with his wife and family, and return to his work at Ready-Mixed Concrete, upon his release from prison. 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.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Educational Department report for the United States Board of Parole for Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295. The document indicates that Pendergast had no enrollments in educational activities or correspondence courses. 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.

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Postcards

Unsigned postcard, postmarked Kansas City, Kansas, addressed to Judge Arthur D. Wood, asking if he is "going to pardon that crook from KC," Tom Pendergast. The writer says that doing so would "encourage others to steal likewise," and that the sentence should have been ten times longer. 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.

Tom Pendergast
Tom Pendergast
Author: 
Jason Roe
Kansas City Public Library
Coinciding with the rapid expansion of Pendergast’s businesses in the 1920s and 1930s, Tom Pendergast consolidated his political power at the end of 1925 and maintained a firm grip until the late 1930s. He gained almost unchallenged control due to a change in the city government that was, ironically, first proposed by well-meaning reformers including the philanthropist William Volker.
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Periodicals

First Volume of The Echo, the 1924 student yearbook for St. Agnes Academy, Kansas City Missouri. Included are portrait photographs of academy students and local clergy, individual narratives on the senior, junior, sophomore, and freshman classes, calendar and event programs of the school year, and playground snapshots with captions. Notable political figures paying compliments include Thomas J. Pendergast.

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Programs

Souvenir of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Sisters of Mercy, Kansas City. Included are photographs of Bishop Thomas F. Lillis, Reverend John P. Prendergast, and other local clergy. Also included is a history of the Sisters of Mercy in Kansas City along with building photographs of the First Convent of Mercy in Kansas City and St. Agnes Academy Chapel. Notable political figures paying compliments include the 12th Ward Democratic Club, 10th Ward Democratic Club, Thomas J. Pendergast, James M. Pendergast, and D. M. Nigro.

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Programs

Program for the Silver Jubilee of St. Stanislaus Parish, a Polish congregation at the northeast corner of 18th Street and Ewing Avenue near Blue River. Included are portraits of local clergy including Thomas F. Lillis and Rev. A. F. Radwich; photographs and history of the parish; event details; and advertisements. Notable political figures paying their compliments include Thomas J. Pendergast, Bryce B. Smith, H. F. McElroy, and James V. "Josh" Billings.

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Programs

Program for "Peaceful Valley", a play in three acts by Edward E. Kidder and presented by the Dramatic Club of Holy Cross Parish at the Auditorium Theatre on November 24, 1920. Notable political figures paying compliments include James M. Pendergast and Thomas J. Pendergast.

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Programs

Program for "Sailor Maids", a musical comedy in two acts by Charles Ross Chaney and presented by the St. Agnes Academy Departments of Music, Expression and Dancing at the Missouri Theatre on May 25, 1928. Notable political figures paying compliments include Miles Bulger, Conrad H. Mann, Walsh-Aylward, and Thomas J. Pendergast.

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