Election Frauds--1936

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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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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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Periodicals

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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Miscellaneous Documents

Judgments and commitments in Criminal Case No. 13951: United States vs. William H. Schultz, Mary Gossey, Algo Davis, Beverly Bledsoe, Virgil Lee Gibbs, and Anita C. Davis, defendants. Schultz entered a plea of nolo contendere and was sentenced to three months in jail, suspended for two years probation and a fine of $200. Gossey, Bledsoe, Gibbs, and Davis entered pleas of nolo contendere in count two, the United States having dismissed count one, and were fined $100.

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Commitment in Criminal Case No. 13647: United States vs. John T. Little, Alice M. Foreschl, James E. Maxey, Lena T. Green, Forest C. Holman, Ruth Hogendorn, Joseph Hobdy, and Gilbert Stevens, defendants. The document reports that Maxey entered a plea of guilty and was sentenced to serve thirty days in jail. Little was convicted by the jury and sentenced to two years at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas, and was delivered to the warden on April 30, 1938.

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Court's ruling on motions for new trial, and sentences in Criminal Case No. 13682: United States vs. E. D. Shannabarger, Irene Brennan, Nancy Bodenhammer, Nancy Constable, Everett Pippin, Bessie D. Adams, Charles H. Kaiser, and James McNamara, defendants. Defendants appeared for sentencing beginning on April 16, 1937, and the court rejected Shannabarger's attorneys motion for a new trial.

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Memorandum and orders from District Judge Merrill E. Otis on pleas in abatement, demurrers and motions to quash, and motions to squash petit jury panel in Criminal Cases No. 13682 and 13684. The document states that the reasons for overruling similar pleas in other cases are laid out in Case No. 13646, and then addresses the motion to quash the petit grand jury panel, and in doing so describes the process wherein letters of recommendation for suitable jurors were sought from prominent members of the community, and then those individuals would be randomly selected.

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Indictment in Criminal Case No. 14118: United States vs. Sadie Humphrey, G. W. Ferguson, Isador Ritz, L. A. Radcliffe, Rosemary Comiskey, Frank Murray, John Shyne, and Opal Lillis, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 1st Precinct of the 2nd Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

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Indictment in Criminal Case No. 13770: United States vs. John P. Lynch, Lillie Current, Jack Cole, Edna Green, Esther Halbert, and Evelyn Parker, defendants. The defendants were charged with conspiring to impede citizens' right to vote and have that vote truthfully counted in the 14th Precinct of the 11th Ward during the November 3, 1936 election.

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