Missouri Supreme Court Primary 1938

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Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Bert Lyon describing his friendship with and support for Tom Pendergast, as well as endorsing James Billings for Missouri Supreme Court. He claims that "perhaps in all American history there never was a national figure who was more misunderstood than Mr. Pendergast," and that Governor Stark "has proved himself an ingrate."

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from J. T. Pinnel to the Governor's Secretary, J. D. James regarding a speech given by the Governor in Pineville, Missouri the previous day, as well as the distribution of Billings campaign materials.

Genre: 
Clippings
Cartoons (Commentary)

Political cartoon entitled "Equal Justice Under Tom's Law," depicting Tom Pendergast with the Missouri Supreme Court in his pocket.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from a former WPA worker who describes the political pressure exerted on employees by Pendergast bosses.

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from Spencer Salisbury to Governor Lloyd C. Stark discussing the election board and voter registration in Eastern Jackson County ahead of the Douglas-Billings Supreme Court vote.

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Leaflets

Statement by William Hirth, publisher of The Missouri Farmer, discussing the recent Missouri Supreme Court primary election. He describes it as "the greatest blow ever struck for decent government in the history of Missouri" and demonstrating "that when the people finally tire of political bossism they can and will arise in their might, and smite it hip and thigh."

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from William Hirth to Judge James T. Montgomery, including an article by Hirth titled "Why the Politicians Hate Stark." The article discusses Stark's work against the Pendergast machine and endorses James Douglas for the Missouri Supreme Court.

Genre: 
Leaflets

Leaflet advocating a vote for James Douglas in the Missouri Supreme Court election in order to keep Clay County "free and peaceful." It states that "a vote for Billings means you approve the BOSS and also Crooked Elections, Vote Frauds, Red-Light Districts, Night Clubs with wide open gambling catering to your children ... and an army of hoodlums to force these conditions upon you."

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from U.S. Attorney Maurice Milligan to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting on a discussion with the local Agent in Charge of the FBI about the possibility of election investigations in Missouri. Milligan makes suggestions for how to rebut accusations of allegiance, and then disloyalty, to the Pendergast machine.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Text of a speech given by Jesse Barrett at the Annual Reunion of Montgomery County Old Settlers, 1938

Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from I. W. Thurman to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, congratulating Stark on his work against the Pendergast machine, and reporting on state employees "who appeared to be carrying the Douglas Banner but are using all their time in this territory trying to put Billings over" for Pendergast in St. Clair County.

letter From C. M. Meadows to Lloyd C. Stark
Genre: 
Correspondence

Letter from C. M. Meadows to Governor Lloyd C.Stark, requesting that Stark put him in touch with "some official authority in connection with these beer places." He reports that "a number of the fellows running such places are using their establishments for display rooms for [Judge James] Billings literature," as well as "boosting Pendergast and knocking [Stark's] administration." Meadows also writes that the Pendergast machine has been bad for property values and created "open and solicitious gambling houses, [horse] race rooms," and other issues.

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