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Tom Pendergast

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Tom Pendergast's Biography

Thomas Joseph Pendergast (July 22, 1873 – January 26, 1945) controlled Kansas City and Jackson County, Missouri as a political boss. "Boss Tom" Pendergast gave workers jobs and helped elect politicians during the Great Depression, becoming wealthy in the process.

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  • Chartering change, one district at a time

      News Source: Kansas City Star | 1 year ago
    June 17 In 1904, a group of 13 upstanding Kansas Citians offered their community a new charter. More News The burgher baker’s dozen wanted to give enormous power to the city’s common council. Their charter allowed councilmen (always men) to prohibit “
  • Missouri lawmaker's uncle pleads guilty in KC vote fraud case

      News Source: Kansas City Star | 1 year ago
    May 13 The Kansas City Star In August 2010, Missouri House candidate John Joseph Rizzo defeated his Democratic primary opponent, Will Royster, by a single vote. John Joseph Rizzo first won election to the Missouri House in 2010 after winning the
  • To avoid the next Todd Akin, GOP considers reworking primaries

      News Source: Kansas City Star | over 1 year ago
    Less than a month after prominent losses in several Senate races, including Rep. Todd Akin’s shellacking in Missouri, some GOP leaders say the answer is yes. To retake the federal government, they say, they must avoid nominees like Akin or Indiana’s

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