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Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to R. McD. Smith regarding meetings with Missouri senators and congressmen. He writes that he "was mighty glad to learn that Bennett and the Kansas City boys are pulling together so well," and that "Harry Truman and Bennett are working just like a team of horses ... and are both friendly toward us."

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April 1st 1935

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 from Mrs. Louis M. Wilson to Governor Lloyd C. Stark prior to his election as Missouri governor, providing advice about his 1936 campaign. Regarding the Pendergast machine, she advises "you have to have them to win."

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May 14th 1935

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to Mrs. Francis M. Wilson, stating his confidence that he will receive the support of the Pendergast machine and Bennett Clark.

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July 6th 1935

Letter from Congressman Clarence Cannon to Lloyd C. Stark, relating a conversaion with Rufus Jackson about who Pendergast and the Missouri Democrats were opting to support in the upcoming gubernatorial race.

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July 13th 1935

Letter from N. Y. Foster to Lloyd C. Stark, prior to Stark's election as governor, noting that he is gaining Pendergast's support and should receive plenty of support from out-state voters. He writes that "Mr. Pendergast must endorse the strongest out state man, we know that man is you."

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October 3rd 1935

Letter from William M. Ledbetter to Lloyd C. Stark discussing coverage of Stark's candidacy in the Louisiana Press-Journal and his support by Pendergast and Bennett Clark.

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October 1st 1935

Letter from E. Mont. Reily to Lloyd C. Stark, vowing to support the candidate backed by Tom Pendergast if he doesn't like the candidate nominated by the Republican party.

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October 26th 1935

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to R. P. Spencer, thanking him for his advice and reporting that he thinks Senator Bennett Clark will be friendly to his campaign. He also mentions contacts in Howard County and Arrow Rock.

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July 5th 1935

Letter from R. P. Spencer to Lloyd C. Clark discussing campaign logistics and courtesies and how various state politicians feel about his candidacy. He also discusses campaigning in Arrow Rock and Jefferson City, and warns that "a faction in St. Louis, friends of Igoe, and ... of Mayor Dickmann, wish to throw their support to some candidate, other than the one supported by Pendergast."

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June 29th 1935

Letter from Clarence Cannon updating Lloyd Stark on his interactions regarding his candidacy for governor. He reports that Duke Shoop from the Kansas City Star "said that no man from either Kansas City or St. Louis could be elected ... the next Governor would come from the country."

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January 10th 1935

Letter from W. H. Reed to Lloyd Stark offering his support for his candidacy for Missouri governor.

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December 16th 1935

Letter from Walker C. Johnson to Lloyd Stark in which he describes the resentment toward the Pendergast machine in his part of Missouri.

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May 30th 1935

Letter from Frederick R. Barkhurst to Ewing Young Mitchell, Jr. on June 18, 1935. Barkhurst praises Mitchell for his stance against Thomas J. Pendergast and encourages Mitchell to run for the next governor of Missouri.

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June 18th 1935

Letter from Harry S. Truman in Washington D.C. to his wife Bess in Independence, Missouri. In this letter, Truman tells Bess of his meeting with President Roosevelt, Bennett C. Clark, and Clarence Cannon concerning relief for flood victims. Truman adds that, "I had a chance to tell Mr. Roosevelt what I thought of Mr. Mitchell. He very readily agreed with me."

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June 19th 1935

Letter from Harry S. Truman in Washington D.C. to his wife Bess in Independence, Missouri. In this particularly candid letter, Truman updates Bess on the politics of Missouri and the nation, saying that "Pendergast hasn't made up his mind yet who will be governor. He'll announce it sometime soon. If the man is smart and politically minded he can say who Clark's successor will be and can deliver the 1940 delegation at the national convention."

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July 23rd 1935

Letter from Harry S. Truman in Washington D.C. to his wife Bess in Independence, Missouri. In this candid letter, Truman informs Bess that he intends to travel in secret to New York to meet with Tom Pendergast.

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July 24th 1935

Letter from Harry S. Truman at the Hotel New Yorker in New York City to his wife Bess in Independence, Missouri. In this candid letter, Truman updates Bess on his travel to New York to meet with Tom Pendergast and provides an explanation for his visit: "Charlie Howell was in to see me and I wanted to get to the boss first so that's why I'm here. He... wanted to announce for governor when he gets back. That'll split Clark and T.J. sure I believe."

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July 28th 1935

Letter from Harry S. Truman in Washington D.C. to his wife Bess in Independence, Missouri. In this candid letter, Truman updates Bess on his meeting with Tom Pendergast in New York, saying that "Pendergast was as pleased to see me as if I'd been young Jim. We talked for three hours about everything under the sun. Discarded a couple of prominent candidates for governor..."

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July 29th 1935

Letter from Harry S. Truman at the Hotel Governor Clinton in New York City to his wife Bess in Independence, Missouri. In this candid letter, Truman updates Bess on his morning and his trip to New York, saying that "[John N. Garner, Nathan L. Bachman, and William J. Bulow] had been to see T.J. [Tom Pendergast] and I must try to find out what they did tomorrow."

Date: 
August 10th 1935

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Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
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