Pendergast! (Missouri Biography Series) by Lawrence H. Larsen,Nancy J. Hulston

By Lawrence H. Larsen,Nancy J. Hulston

More than a half-century after the demise of Kansas City's infamous political boss, Thomas J. Pendergast, the Pendergast identify nonetheless conjures up nice curiosity or even controversy. Now, during this first full-scale biography of Pendergast, Lawrence H. Larsen and Nancy J. Hulston have effectively provided—through vast study, together with use of lately published criminal documents and formerly unavailable kinfolk records—a transparent examine the lifetime of Thomas J. Pendergast.

Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1872, Tom Pendergast moved to Kansas urban round 1890 to paintings for his brother James, founding father of the Pendergast "Goat" faction in Kansas urban Democratic politics. In 1911, Pendergast turned head of the Goats, and over the following fifteen years he created a robust political computing device that used unlawful vote casting and felony enforcers to realize energy. Following a metamorphosis within the urban constitution in 1925, Pendergast took keep watch over of Kansas urban and ran it as his personal own enterprise. within the Nineteen Thirties, he got over $30 million every year from playing, prostitution, and narcotics, placing him within the large leagues of yankee civic corruption. He additionally wielded nice energy within the nationwide Democratic celebration and began Harry S. Truman at the highway to the presidency.

In this well-balanced biography, the authors learn Pendergast's upward thrust to energy, his successes as a political chief, his compassion for the destitute, and his acceptance for protecting his be aware. additionally they research Pendergast's personality improvement and the way his equipment turned increasingly more ruthless. Pendergast had little need for ideology in his "invisible government"—only votes counted.

In 1937 and 1938 the government broke the again of Pendergast's computer, convicting 259 of his crusade aides for vote fraud. In 1939 Pendergast, who was once believed to be the most important bettor on horse racing within the usa, was once jailed for source of revenue tax evasion, and he died in shame in 1945.

An insightful and finished biography, Pendergast! would definitely serve for years yet to come because the so much thorough research of the existence and notorious occupation of Tom Pendergast.

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