Douglas, James

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Letter from C. M. Kackley to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, writing that it has only been a few years since "many poor devil and women have been consigned to the cold gray walls of prison for doing ...

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Correspondence

Letter from Cecil F. Holman to Governor Lloyd Stark, writing that he and his family didn't vote for Stark in 1936 due to his Pendergast support, but wish to make up for that by working for the election of Judge James Douglas to the Missouri Supreme Court. He also provides information about Kansas City Democratic leaders including Colonel Frederick Whitten.

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Correspondence

Letter from Horace Merritt to Governor Lloyd Stark, discussing opposition to Stark for his mission to clean up "old age pension lists" and how that is effecting support for James Douglas in the Missouri Supreme Court campaign, as well as other campaign related issues. Merritt writes that he does not believe Stark "thought for a minute that the Security Commission would remove helpless and worthy pensioners."

From Charles F. Williams to James Douglas
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Correspondence

Letter from Charles F. Williams to Judge James Douglas, discussing his candidacy for Clay County Sheriff in 1936 and how he "could not overcome the effect of outside interference" of the Pendergast organization and their desire "to control gambling and liquor in [Clay] county with the result there seemed to be no limit to their financial strength against me." Williams reports that "the organization in Kansas City" is working against the Douglas Supreme Court campaign, but that he believes Douglas will still win the campaign "because right is right and always wins in the end."

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Letter from W. G. Lynch to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that while the August 2 election was cleaner than in the past, corruption still remains and that "liquor interests must be curbed and license laws enforced." Lynch also congratulations Stark on James Douglas's win in the Supreme Court vote, and writes that "the boss thrives on prestige and privilege... You have deflated him considerably. He is no longer unbeatable."

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Letter from William E. Fessant to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing the obstacles he has encountered in obtaining work through the WPA due to his opposition for Pendergast and support for James Douglas. He believes his work, six hours a day at Wallace State Park, "is because the Pendergast gang wanted me where I could do the least amount of electioneering for Judge Douglas."

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Letter from E. R. Holland to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, regarding Dr. W. L. Brandon's alleged statement that "two carloads of Douglas supporters couldn't be found in all Southeast Missouri." Holland reports that there are in fact numerous Douglas supporters in the town of Kennett and the county at large.

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Correspondence

Letter from Ruth Vawter to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. Vawter writes regarding Mrs. Marie S. Barnhill, former Area Supervisor of Women's Work for the WPA in Webster County. Barnhill's successor "is making her brags that she can deliver Saline County in the palm of her hand to the Organization for Judge Billings," and Vawter suggests that Barnhill, who is not currently allied to either Supreme Court candidate, could support Douglas "should [Stark] be able to help her."

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Correspondence

Letter from Walker C. Johnson to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, expressing happiness at James Douglas winning the Missouri Supreme Court election, but describing further corruption to be eliminated in his county and WPA. He describes a WPA foreman that other workers call "Little Tom" passing out campaign information for Billings in advance of the election.

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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.

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Correspondence

Letter from W. B. Massey to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, describing local support for the James Douglas campaign for Missouri Supreme Court, and he believes Douglas will win the county. His only concern is "the ability of the Pendergast machine to vote the WPA workers practically solid."

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Letter from Jesse Barrett praising Judge James Douglas for winning the Missouri Supreme Court primary election against the Pendergast-backed candidate.

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