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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Photographs
Clippings

Clipping from the St. Louis Globe-Democrat on December 7, 1930 with caption stating, "Thomas J. (Tom) Pendergast of Kansas City, right, directing head of one of the most powerful political machines in the United States, as he appeared at the Democratic National Convention at Houston in 1928. Joseph B. Shannon, left, until recently the leader of an opposing faction of Kansas City Democrats, who was elected to Congress in the Fifth District. Pendergast actively supported Shannon and thereby eliminated the rival who had frequently challenged Pendergast's political supremacy.

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Photographs
Clippings

Clipping with two photographs entitled "Happy and Smiling Democratic Leaders of Kansas City at St. Louis State Convention" and "Mrs. Pendergast and Daughter Enjoy Convention" from the Missouri Democrat on April 1, 1932 showing highlights from the Democratic State Convention on March 28th in St. Louis, Missouri. The photographs' captions state, "T. J. Pendergast and Congressman Joe Shannon As They View the Great Crowd at the Democratic State Convention in St.

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Clippings

Reproduction of an article from the St. Joseph News-Press from late July or early August 1937 describing Governor Lloyd C. Stark's refusal to reappoint the Kansas City election board and Emmett O'Malley as State Superintendent of Insurance. The author describes Pendergast as "an elderly man who, misguided as that man might be in many of his methods politically, certainly always has kept the faith..."

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Cartoons (Commentary)

Cartoon from the Kansas City Star after the local election on March 25, 1930. The drawing depicts James P. Aylward driving a street sweeper with Bryce B. Smith, Henry F. McElroy, Alfred N. Gossett, Thomas J. Pendergast, Joseph B. Shannon, and Casimir J. Welch. The caption reads, "The Democratic Machine makes a clean sweep in our recent municipal election."

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Broadsides
Cartoons (Commentary)

Political advertisement that urges St. Louisans to vote against Bernard F. Dickmann, William Stone Madden, and Pendergast Machine at the April 4, 1933 election in order to mainstain low taxes and safeguard against, "a breakdown of its government such as we have witnessed at Jefferson City under a 'new deal.'" The document encourages support for Republicans Walter J. G. Neun and Louis Nolte.

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Clippings
Photographs

Clipping entitled "'Their Terms Have Expired'" from the Kansas City Journal-Post on July 28, 1937 with caption stating, "That was the only reason given Tuesday by Gov. Lloyd C. Stark, en route home to Jefferson City after a vacation, for refusal of the request of T. J. Pendergast that he rename George V. Aylward and Fred Bellemere as members of the election board. The governor gave that "reason" as he had breakfast aboard the train as shown in the photo."

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Photographs

Clipping from the Pendergast-controlled newspaper The Missouri Democrat on June 13, 1930. This excerpt includes photographs of Thomas J. Pendergast, Thomas J. Pendergast, Jr., James M. Pendergast, and James A. Reed.

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Photographs
Clippings

Clipping entitled "A Powerful Team" from the Kansas City Star on March 28, 1932 showing highlights from the Democratic State Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. The photograph's caption states, "Casimir J. Welch, on the left, posing with the "big" boss, T. J. Pendergast."

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Clippings
Photographs

Clipping entitled "'Why Not Talk It Over?'" from the Kansas City Journal-Post on June 19, 1937 with caption stating, "'Instead of having mass meetings,' T. J. Pendergast (shown above) told a group of the city's business leaders Saturday, 'Why don’t you men name a committee of employers to represent you and have that committee sit across the table from a committee of union labor representatives? I think you will accomplish a lot more if you thresh this thing out calmly and peacefully.'"

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Cartoons (Commentary)

Cartoon from the Kansas City Journal-Post on the eve of the local election on March 25, 1930. The drawing depicts Thomas J. Pendergast, Henry F. McElroy, and Casimir J. Welch considering a "cigaret tax" in order to extort more money from the "K.C. Taxpayer".

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Clippings
Cartoons (Commentary)

Political cartoon in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on March 25, 1933 depicting Thomas J. Pendergast's hand reaching to control politics in St. Louis.

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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.