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Letter from William A. Kitchen to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Kitchen discusses filling the position of Veterans' Placement Officer for the State of Missouri.

Date: 
August 1st 1935

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to William A. Kitchen in which Truman responds to Kitchen concerning the replacement of Neal Williams as Veterans' Placement Officer for the State of Missouri. Truman says that he will try to place Kitchen's recommendation in the position once it is open.

Date: 
August 14th 1935

Letter from William A. Kitchen to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Kitchen discusses Franklin D. Roosevelt's unpopularity among World War veterans. Kitchen suggests that the President must attend the American Legion National Convention in St. Louis that year if he intends to visit the following year during his reelection campaign.

Date: 
August 14th 1935

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to William A. Kitchen in which Truman responds to Kitchen suggestion that President Roosevelt attends the 1935 American Legion National Convention in St. Louis. Truman agrees that it would be wise for the President to attend and will try to convince him to do so.

Date: 
August 17th 1935

Letter from William A. Kitchen to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Kitchen encourages Truman to give K. E. Long of Newburg, Missouri a job under Mr. Murray. Kitchen finds Long to be "well connected politically in Phelps County and I am, therefore, extremely anxious that he be placed on the payroll at the earliest possible date."

Date: 
August 9th 1935

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to William A. Kitchen in which Truman provides copies of favorable recommendations he gave to Julien N. Friant on behalf of H. M. Long and to Harry Easley on behalf of Ralph C. Bowman.

Date: 
November 21st 1935

Letter from William A. Kitchen to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Kitchen describes in detail an investigation by Harvey L. Duncan concerning an alleged theft of an interstate shipment of liquor. Kitchen warns against a conspiracy charge, which would reflect poorly on the Kansas City organization. Thus, he suggests that any suspect be tried separately, and not as co-conspirators in a large scheme. In order to do this, Kitchen recommends Truman has Bennett C. Clark call Maurice M. Milligan and request that Milligan prosecutes violators separately.

Date: 
May 12th 1936

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to William A. Kitchen in which Truman confirms receipt of Kitchen's letter concerning an alleged theft of an interstate shipment of liquor and Harvey L. Duncan's investigation of the same. Truman cryptically and succinctly responds saying, "I am looking into the matter as carefully as I possibly can."

Date: 
May 14th 1936

Letter from William A. Kitchen to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Kitchen provides supplementary information on investigation by Harvey L. Duncan concerning an alleged theft of an interstate shipment of liquor. Kitchen provides more intel on Duncan, his plans, and on John T. Burkett, a colleague of Duncan's that "is building a fire under him."

Date: 
May 14th 1936

Letter from William A. Kitchen to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Kitchen requests Truman's help in confirming his sister, Elizabeth Kitchen Black, as Postmaster of Mound City, Missouri. Kitchen also requests an autographed portrait of Truman for Kitchen to hang in his office.

Date: 
May 8th 1936

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to William A. Kitchen in which Truman informs Kitchen he is sending Kitchen the requested autographed portrait of himself for Kitchen to hang in his office.

Date: 
May 15th 1936

Letter from William A. Kitchen to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Kitchen provides his opinion on two appointments to the Workmen's Compensation Commission and the political repercussions of the same. He also informs Truman of James M. Pendergast's opinion on the situation.

Date: 
April 6th 1937

Letter from William A. Kitchen to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Kitchen suggests a way in which Truman can put in a replacement for Maurice M. Milligan as U.S. attorney at Kansas City. Kitchen proposes that the President could appoint a new attorney of Truman's choosing, but keep Milligan as a special prosecutor for the Kansas City voter fraud cases. By doing so, Truman can control the placement without the Kansas City newspapers accusing him of trying to suppress the prosecution of voter fraud.

Date: 
December 7th 1937

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to William A. Kitchen in which Truman responds to Kitchen's suggestion of a way for Truman to put in a replacement for Maurice M. Milligan as U.S. attorney at Kansas City.

Date: 
December 10th 1937

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to William A. Kitchen in which Truman makes a request of Kitchen. He asks him to talk with General Joe Keenan when Keenan visits Kansas City on May 14, 1938. During this visit, Truman requests Kitchen to mention Fred Canfill as an excellent pick for U.S. Marshall at Kansas City.

Date: 
May 10th 1938

Letter from William A. Kitchen to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Kitchen updates Truman on General Joe Keenan's visit to Kansas City on May 14, 1938. As requested by Truman, Kitchen mentioned to Keenan that Fred Canfill would be an excellent pick for U.S. Marshall at Kansas City. Kitchen reports that Keenan agrees with such pick and that "Mr. Pendergast would greatly appreciate this appointment."

Date: 
May 16th 1938

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to William A. Kitchen in which Truman thanks Kitchen for talking with General Joe Keenan and mentioning Fred Canfill as an excellent pick for U.S. Marshall at Kansas City.

Date: 
May 19th 1938

Letter from William A. Kitchen to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Kitchen discusses the matter of a new Judge for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Kitchen asserts that the court needs a judge from Missouri as it does not currently have a Missouri judge that can devote their time to hearing cases. Kitchen then recommends Charlie Carr for the position and asks Truman to pass this recommendation on to Bennett C. Clark and President Roosevelt.

Date: 
January 26th 1939

Letter from William A. Kitchen to Senator Harry S. Truman in which Kitchen warns that Democrats might have a difficult election in 1940 because of recent events in Congress. Kitchen suggests that Truman address some of these issues ahead of the 1940 campaign. Included is a reproduction of an article from the Armstrong Herald on February 16, 1939.

Date: 
February 18th 1939

Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to William A. Kitchen in which Truman addresses the WPA controversy previously mentioned by Kitchen. He defends his decision in interest of cutting federal expenses where need is no longer as critical. He also addresses other issues that Kitchen believes might hurt the Democratic party in the 1940 election.

Date: 
February 21st 1939

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KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
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KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.