Pendergast Machine

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Clippings
Photographs

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.

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Clippings
Cartoons (Commentary)

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?"

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Correspondence

Letter from Albert P. Newell to Ellison A. Neel regarding Neel's statement regarding the Pendergast machine in a recent Kansas City Star. Newell writes that "it took great courage on your part to come out so flat-footedly against the powers that be," and states that he is confident the machine will be overturned.

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Correspondence

Letter from Hazel Autry to Ellison A. Neel asking for help after having her daughter taken away from her five months prior. She writes that after opening a bathhouse she was expected to make pay-offs, but later learned that the person collecting that money was not passing it along to "the 'man'," leading to her business being raided, being jailed, and her daughter being "put in a home." Autry writes that her daughter will not be released unless she pays a fee she can't afford, but that she has "worked on all elections ...

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Correspondence

Letter from Ellison Neel to Frank Hollingsworth, chairman of the Douglas-for-Judge Club. Neel recommends John T. Harding to give a speech, and recommends spreading the word that Pendergast is causing trouble amongst the Democrats "to try to help him gratify his spite and ill-will towards" Governor Lloyd C. Stark for not reappointing the local election board.

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Correspondence

Letter from Ellison Neel to Albert P. Newell in reply to Newell's letter of April 15. Neel writes that Kansas City is suffering in many ways "from the strangle-hold that has been obtained upon it by a bunch of men that operate a system that is primarily for their own benefit." He also writes that the machine has "more or less of a monopoly on all public work" and hurts local businesses.

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Correspondence

Letter from Charles L. Dunham to Ellison Neel in support of Neel's stance against the Pendergast machine in the press, and asking for recommendations for attorneys who are not Pendergast-affiliated, saying he "will not employ or recommend an Attorney except those who are enemies to the Pendergast outfit."

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Programs

Program from the 5th Ward Democratic Club's October 1936 fundraising dance. The program lists "Pendergast's Organization of the Fifth Ward," including the ward's precinct captains, and endorses a slate of candidates for the upcoming election. Music was provided by Sol Dobrov's Orchestra, and proceeds are pledged to go to Christmas baskets. Advertisements were placed by local businesses, as well as individuals including Police Director Otto P. Higgins and Chief of Police Robert J. Coffey.

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Correspondence

Letter from Mendell Myers to Ellison A. Neel, in response to Neel's "courageous remarks" published in the previous day's Kansas City Star.

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Clippings

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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Correspondence

Letter from Inghram D. Hook to Ellison A. Neel regarding Neel's "forthright statement" in the Kansas City Star regarding the upcoming election. Hook writes that "the machine ... is on its way out."

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Clippings

Reproduction of an article from the Springfield Leader on January 28, 1932 concerning the Pendergast Machine's efforts to retain control of their portion of the Democratic National Committee. Pendergast hopes that William T. Kemper, Sr. will run for re-election as the "Kansas City Machine apparently fears [Frank C.] Niles can't win National Committee Place."

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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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