Pendergast, Michael J.

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Broadsides

Advertisement for a barbecue in Bunceton, Missouri in support of John W. Davis, Democratic Candidate for President. Transportation to the event is organized by M. J. Pendergast, and Frank C. Marqua with tickets on sale at the City Clerk's Office, Court House Cigar Stand, Jackson Democratic Club, Jefferson Democratic Club, and the Missouri Pacific Ticket Office.

Object Type: 
Clippings
Photographs

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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Broadsides

A flyer that seeks to disparage Harry S. Truman in his 1924 campaign for re-election as Judge of Jackson County. The document lists ten questions directed towards Harry S. Truman for the reader to consider before voting. The unnamed "Publicity Committee" implies that all important decisions made by Truman are first approved by the Pendergast Machine.

Object Type: 
Broadsides

A flyer that seeks to disparage Harry S. Truman in his 1924 campaign for re-election as Judge of Jackson County. The document lists ten questions directed towards Harry S. Truman for the reader to consider before voting. The unnamed "Publicity Committee" attempts to implicate Truman with the Pendergast Machine within the questions.

Object Type: 
Narratives

A longhand note written by Harry S. Truman while he was a judge for Jackson County, Missouri. In this note, Truman recounts his childhood and early adulthood. Notable events described include his first encounters with his future wife, Bess Wallace; his start in politics at the hands of Mike Pendergast; and his decision to join the military.

Object Type: 
Miscellaneous Documents

Reissued certificate of baptism of Thomas Pendergast, performed on August 6, 1872, and referencing Pendergast's birth in St. Joseph, Missouri, on July 22, 1872. Ceremony performed by Rev. Thomas Walsh.

Object Type: 
Correspondence

Letter from an unknown writer to James A. Reed discussing the potential appointment of Dr. Porter to city coroner or other potential placements should coroner not be possible.

Object Type: 
Correspondence

Letter from Tom Boydston to Guy B. Park about an article in a Massachusetts newspaper about Pendergast's control over Kansas City. He writes "that the real reason that Tom Pendergast has a hold on the people of Kansas City, is that he is a real benefactor, feeds the hungry, clothes the naked, and puts money in the pocket of the down and out fellow." He claims that "we of Platte County origin hate 'Old John Brown'," the abolitionist.

Object Type: 
Correspondence

Correspondence from Thomas Pendergast Jr. to Margaret Truman Daniel, likely dated after the 1973 publication of her biography about her father, Harry S. Truman. It is unclear if the note was ever delivered or if it remained in Pendergast Jr.'s possession. In it, Pendergast Jr. accuses Harry Truman and James M. Pendergast of betraying his father.

KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.