Election Frauds--1936

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Clipping from the Kansas City Times on February 16, 1937 showing drawings and photographs from the 1936 Election Vote Fraud Trial. Included are depictions of the courtroom, evidence, and corridor outside of the courtroom. Vincent J. Doherty (Chief Deputy Election Commissioner), Fred M. Bellemere (Chairman of the Board of Election Commissioners), and Maurice M. Milligan (U.S. District Attorney).

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Clipping entitled, "The Thirteen Jurors Who Will Hear the Vote Fraud Trial" from the Kansas City Times on February 16, 1937. The caption provides the name, profession, and hometown of each juror, all of whom live outside of Jackson County.

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Citizens' League Bulletin issue with the main article reporting on the 1936 Election Voter Fraud Trials and general corrpution in Kansas City. Other articles document the cost of crime, air transportation, tax dogers, economic plans, federal salaries, and Kansas City gambling.

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Clipping from the Kansas City Times on July 3, 1937 showing William D. Boyle of Boyle-Pryor Construction Company, Thomas J. Pendergast, and James M. Pendergast, all of whom allegedly assisted defendants in the 1936 Election Vote Fraud Trails. The caption for each photograph includes a quote from that person.

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Clipping of Frances B. Ryan from the Kansas City Journal-Post on April 1, 1937 with caption stating, "Mrs. Frances Ryan, Pendergast political leader of the Twelfth ward, county Democratic committeewoman, and superintendent of the Jackson County Parental school, was charged in an indictment returned by the federal grand jury Thursday, with violating a national election law in the November election. She is said to have been the first woman ward leader in Kansas City."

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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.

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Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13768: United States vs. Charles J. Burton, Marie Wimmer, John J. White, Goldie Ricehouse, Earl Lanne, and Beatrice Jackman, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 2nd Precinct of the 11th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

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Judgments and commitments in Criminal Case No. 13838: United States vs. Jennie Sanders, LaVerne Lang, Benjamin F. Bybee, Joe Mahoney, Dan McCarty, John Cosgrove, and Dan Pierce, defendants. Sanders entered a plea of guilty in count two, the United States having entered nolle prosequi count one, and was sentenced to jail for one month and a fine of $25. Lang entered a plea of nolo contendere in count two, the United States having dismissed count one, and was fined $100.

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Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13648: United States vs. Edson M. Walker, Loretta McEntee, Chloe G. Albright, Elijah Burke, Anna V. O'Laughlin, Tessie Mears, and John L. Drummond, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 13th Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

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Judgments and commitments in Criminal Case No. 14117: United States vs. Harry Goldberg, Dennis Sheedy, Frank Mulvihill, Mary Goldstein, William A. Gorman, Dick Burrus, and Ralph "Red" Rosenberg, defendants. Goldberg and Rosenberg entered pleas of guilty and were sentenced to jail for six months and a fine of $1,000. Goldstein entered a plea of nolo contendere was sentenced to six months in jail, suspended for two years probation, and a fine of $500.

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Remarks of the court before imposing sentences in Criminal Case No. 13648: United States vs. Edson M. Walker, Loretta McEntee, Chloe G. Albright, Elijah Burke, Anna V. O'Laughlin, Tessie Mears, and John L. Drummond, defendants. District Judge Merrill Otis discusses the harm done by election fraud, and states that "there is no pretense that the defendants are not guilty of almost every conceivable ballot box crime." He hopes these convictions convince the public to not be discouraged from voting in the future.

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Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13952: United States vs. Fred Johnston, Leona M. O'Brien, John F. Green, Elizabeth England, Clara Wilk, and Merle Thompson, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 21st Precinct of the 12th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

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