Pendergast, Thomas J.

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Photographs

Photograph of Harry S. Truman speaking to James Pendergast following Tom Pendergast's funeral.

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Drawings
Clippings

Clipping from an article on Tom Pendergast entitled "Portrait of 'The Boss'" in the Kansas City Star on February 28, 1932. This drawing depicts Thomas J. Pendergast sitting at his desk at Jackson County Democratic Club at 1908 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri.

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Ephemera

Application card for membership to "T. J. Pendergast Class" of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, Kansas City Aerie, No. 47. The card provides 18 reasons why one should join the organization; many of these include relief for when members are in financial need. The membership fee is $5.00.

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Clippings
Cartoons (Commentary)

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on April 23, 1931 showing three men (presumably Tom Pendergast, Cas Welch, and Joe Shannon) taking a joy ride while a young boy holds a sign stating, "We have no money for playground supervision."

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Leaflets
Photographs
Cartoons (Commentary)

Unknown Republican publication without volume or issue identification with excerpts from several St. Louis newspapers about the corrupting influence of Tom Pendergast in Kansas City, including the accusation that he chose the Democratic nominee for Governor. Crimes committed by Johnny Lazia and others are also described. The Republican ticket for Missouri is included on page 3.

Object Type: 
Clippings
Photographs

Clipping from Time (magazine) on July 22, 1935 providing a visual and textual portrait of Tom Pendergast.

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Clippings
Photographs

Clipping showing James M. Pendergast, Bennett Champ Clark, and Joe Shannon (left to right) conversing to together. The caption implies that these men intend to split the vote into three during the Democratic primary in Missouri so as to insure that their preferred candidate wins.

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Correspondence

Form letter from Matthew A. Foster to the voters of Kansas City in which Foster urges Kansas Citians to vote against bossism and the interests of John P. O'Neill, Tom Pendergast, and Joe Shannon. Foster asserts that "every name on the Republican Ticket is a guaranty of honest, efficient public service."

Object Type: 
Leaflets
Photographs
Cartoons (Commentary)

Unknown Republican publication without volume or issue identification with excerpts from several St. Louis newspapers about the corrupting influence of Tom Pendergast in Kansas City, including the accusation that he chose the Democratic nominee for Governor. Crimes committed by Johnny Lazia and others are also described. The last page is titled "Pendergast Gang is Strictly 'Business'" [this portion could not be scanned due to adhesive].

Object Type: 
Clippings
Photographs

Clipping from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on December 1, 1934. The article provides a reproduction of the letter sent from Tom Pendergast to James A. Farley in which Pendergast asks for clemency for John Lazia. The clipping also includes portraits of Farley and Pendergast. After the reproduction, the newspaper provides information on people mentioned in the letter, including William T. Kemper, Sr., Jerome Walsh, and Frank P. Walsh.

Object Type: 
Clippings
Cartoons (Commentary)

Clipping showing Tom Pendergast endorsing Charles M. Howell and Francis M. Wilson before Pendergast leaves for a vacation in Europe. Meanwhile, rural Democrats ask, "Where do we come in?"

Object Type: 
Clippings
Photographs

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post on April 6, 1924 showing a truck carrying a large reproduction of a check for $5,000 from Kelly-Dennis Company to T. J. Pendergast. The advertisement was funded by the Republican city committee.

Pages

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.