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Letter from Dorman H. O'Leary to Governor Lloyd C. Stark discussing actions taken against Jackson County politicians including County Prosecutor W. W. Graves and Sheriff James Williams. O'Leary is opposed to the sheriff's ouster and argues that "a grave injustice is being done to the only elected official in the court house who has conducted his office in a proper manner."

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May 9th 1939

Letter from J. B. Moran to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, describing increased tax assessments being used as punishment for anti-Machine actions, and city work being used for a reward for pro-Pendergast actions. Moran says that the county "raised the valuation on my home in the sum of $550 as a penalty for my having signed a petition for recall election." The letter also references a suit to remove W. W. Graves, Jr. from office as Jackson County prosecutor.

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September 22nd 1939

Letter from Jimmy Hurst to Lloyd C. Stark discussing Pendergast support in the gubernatorial race vs that for Roy McKittrick, and Hurst's efforts to gather support for Stark.

Letter from William M. Ledbetter to Lloyd C. Stark discussing upcoming meetings with press associations and the support Stark has with various lawyers and politicians in the state versus other prospective candidates.

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June 16th 1935

Letter signed "Hayz" to Lloyd C. Stark indicating that some people thought Roy McKittrick would be a strong opponent for Stark in the gubernatorial election and that the machine had not yet decided which candidate to support. He writes: "I told him that the Boss ought to put his okay on a man who would run good out in the state and keep the organization intact."

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July 2nd 1935

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Mrs. Francis M. Wilson, writing with family news and reporting that he has heard that Roy McKittrick will not be running for governor but is likely to receive Pendergast support to run for attorney general.

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July 25th 1935

Letter from James T. Lloyd to Lloyd C. Stark, reporting on his support throughout the state and the other men who may decide to run for governor. Lloyd writes that Stark has support in Lewis County, but that most areas remain undecided.

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June 18th 1935

Letter from R. P. Spencer to Lloyd C. Stark noting Pendergast's decision to support Stark and discussing potential candidates for attorney general. He believes Franklin Miller would be a superior candidate to Roy McKittrick.

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October 16th 1935

Letter from R. P. Spencer to Lloyd C. Stark discussing Stark's prospects and whether or not he will received Pendergast's support.

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June 14th 1935

A series of letters from Mrs. W. W. Henderson to Lloyd Stark in which she characterizes his base of support across Missouri.

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October 20th 1935

Letter from James Espy of St. Louis to missouri gubernatorial candidate Lloyd Stark about his candidacy. He also discusses Tom Pednergast's attempts to take over the St. Louis Republican party as he had done in Kansas City.

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September 26th 1935

Letter to Josephine Lay from gubernatorial candidate Lloyd Stark discussing his recent endorsements, and noting that Roy McKittrick has been endorsed by Pendergast for Attorney General.

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October 25th 1935

Letter from Josephine Lay to gubernatorial candidate Lloyd Stark discussing his recent endorsement by Tom Pendergast.

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October 16th 1935

Letter from Mary F. Steward to Missouri gubernatorial candidate Lloyd Stark, reporting on a meeting she had with two members of Tom Pedndergast's organization.

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April 25th 1935

Anonymous letter complaining about corruption and gambling in Kansas City.

Letter from Kansas City boss T. J. Pendergast to Missouri Governor Guy Park expressing concern about the actions of Mr. McBride, the State Supervisor of Building and Loan Associations.

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December 1934

Unsigned letter to "Mr. Shockley" criticizing the work of the Insurance Committee of the Missouri House of Representatives, a group charged with investigating insurance scandals perpretrated by affiliates of the Pendergast Machine.

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