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Letter from Kansas City Court of Appeals judge, Ewing C. Bland, to his uncle on April 19, 1921. Bland comments in relation to his own political campaign that, "The Pendergast faction now seems the strongest and could no doubt control any delegation from this county."

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April 19th 1921

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post that criticizes both candidates for mayor: Matthew Foster and Frank H. Cromwell. Foster, a Republican backed by the Kansas City Star, is described as being overzealous in his pursuit as Kansas City police commissioner to "stamp out vice and lawlessness". Cromwell, on the other hand, is accused of being backed by the Kansas City Democratic machine. The Journal-Post urges Kansas City to vote and make their voice heard.

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April 3rd 1922

Telegram from Tom Pendergast to Senator James A. Reed regarding "the Franklin matter."

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January 18th 1926

Copy of a telegram form James A. Reed to Tom Pendergast regarding "the Franklin matter."

Date: 
January 21st 1926

Map printed in The Missouri Democrat on June 25, 1926, showing the latest official district, ward, and precinct lines for Kansas City, MO as rearranged under a recent charter. Included with the map is the voting booth location for each precinct. The Missouri Democrat was a Kansas City newspaper that began in 1925 under the control of the Pendergast Machine.

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June 25th 1926

Letter from James A. Reed to Tom Pendergast asking for assistance for Samuel M. Cromwell.

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October 29th 1927

Letter from James A. Reed to Tom Pendergast regarding the position of city coroner, recommending Dr. Allen Porter for the job.

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April 5th 1928

Letter from James A. Reed to Tom Pendergast seeking assistance for Tim Hallissey.

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April 22nd 1930

Letter from James A. Reed to Tom Pendergast recommending Judge Nichols for a position.

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April 17th 1930

Letter from James A. Reed to Tom Pendergast regarding a conversation with Joe Shannon about Mr. Kingsley (probably George Kingsley).

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May 8th 1930

Letter from Judge William Ragland to Senator Francis Wilson of Missouri discussing upcoming re-election bids and the support of the Pendergast regime.

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September 30th 1931

Letter to the editor from Grover Childers of Kansas City, complaining about Tom Pendergast's attempts to consolidate statewide power through the endorsement of Francis Wilson and Charles Howell.

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September 4th 1931

Letter from Francis Wilson to James M. Pendergast describing the actions of H. G. Cherry, a Pendergast affiliate who was nonetheless speaking ill of Senator Wilson.

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November 6th 1931

Letter from J. E. Turner of Kansas City to Missouri gubernatorial candidate Francis M. Wilson, offering his assistance and inviting him on a hunting trip.

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December 31st 1931

Letter from Senator James A. Reed to Tom Pendergast asking for his assistance in getting William P. Ryan work.

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January 19th 1931

Letter from Senator James A. Reed to James M. Pendergast forwarding a request from a young man seeking assistance.

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February 20th 1931

Letter from Thomas J. Pendergast to Kansas Governor Harry H. Woodring in which Pendergast introduces Howard M. Smith, "a member of my [Pendergast's] organization," for the purpose of discussing Black state schools in Kansas.

Date: 
January 30th 1931

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post on July 19, 1931 showing a photograph of James P. Aylward and his boyhood home. The accompanying article provides a brief account of Aylward's childhood. The house pictured was once located on the north side of 4th Street between Gillis Street and Frances Street.

Date: 
July 19th 1931

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on February 15, 1931 showing Democrats eating around the "Water Main Job Counter" while Tom Pendergast says, "Those without letters from Democratic precinct captains eat at the second table, maybe." Those waiting to say "When do we eat?"

Date: 
February 15th 1931

Unsigned postcard to Lloyd C. Stark expressing disappointment that Stark has "wander[ed] into Pendergast's stock yards" and asserts that Stark's gubernatorial ambitions will be ruined by the association.

Date: 
July 18th 1932

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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.