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Clipping from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on March 28, 1932 entitled "Kansas City Boss and Congressman" and with caption stating, "Thomas J. Pendergast (left), and Congressman Joseph B. Shannon of Kansas City in a pow-wow at Hotel Jefferson preceding the Democratic State Convention."

Date: 
March 28th 1932

Clipping from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat on March 29, 1932 entitled "Democrats Talk Things Over at Convention" and with caption stating, "Democratic leaders talk things over during Democratic State Convention at the Coliseum yesterday. Left to right: Tom Pendergast, Democratic boss of Kansas City, and the most powerful political boss in the state, conferring with Congressman Joseph B. Shannon of Kansas City. Shannon is head of the lesser of the Democratic factions in Kansas City, was formerly a rival of Pendergast, but is now an ally."

Date: 
March 29th 1932

Clipping with two photographs entitled "Happy and Smiling Democratic Leaders of Kansas City at St. Louis State Convention" and "Mrs. Pendergast and Daughter Enjoy Convention" from the Missouri Democrat on April 1, 1932 showing highlights from the Democratic State Convention on March 28th in St. Louis, Missouri. The photographs' captions state, "T. J. Pendergast and Congressman Joe Shannon As They View the Great Crowd at the Democratic State Convention in St.

Date: 
March 28th 1932

Clipping from the Pendergast-controlled newspaper the Missouri Democrat on November 2, 1934. This excerpt provides biographies for their list of preferred local, state, and national candidates for the upcoming election.

Date: 
November 2nd 1934

Clipping from Time (magazine) on February 22, 1937 detailing the election fraud that occured in Kansas City during the 1936 General Election. The article features extended quotes from Judge Albert L. Reeves concerning the election fraud, including the following: "We can't surrender the ballot boxes to thugs, gangsters and plug-uglies who patrol the streets with machine guns. We can't stand for that any longer." The article then provides a history of political corruption in Kansas City through 1936.

Date: 
February 22nd 1937

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.

Date: 
October 16th 1932

Clipping from the Kansas City Labor News on November 4, 1932 showing "Hon. Joseph B. Shannon, Member in United States Congress from this District."

Date: 
November 4th 1932

Clipping from the Kansas City Times on October 20, 1966 describing the violence that erupted during the Municipal Election on March 27, 1934. The included photographs show damage done that day in 1934 to an automobile and building owned by the Citizens Fusion party, an anti-Pendergast organization in Kansas City. The article describes election day gang tactics, police complacency, padded voter rolls, and tactics used by Joe Doakes, a Pendergast machine precinct captain. The author then details the murder of Deputy Sheriff Lee Flacy, "a member of the L. C.

Date: 
October 20th 1966

Clipping from the Kansas City Times in September 1930 showing Joe Shannon, Peter Kelly and L. C. Johnson. The caption explains that Shannon is turning over his political boss responsibilities over to Kelly and Johnson.

Date: 
September 1930

Clipping showing James M. Pendergast, Bennett Champ Clark, and Joe Shannon (left to right) conversing to together. The caption implies that these men intend to split the vote into three during the Democratic primary in Missouri so as to insure that their preferred candidate wins.

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