Kemper, James M., Sr.

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William T. Kemper, Jr. Biography

Clipping from the Kansas City American on January 10, 1929 featuring a biography of William T. Kemper, Jr. on the occasion of his promotion to president of the First National Bank of Independence.

Tom Pendergast Inmate File: Parole Progress Report

Parole progress report for Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295, which includes details about his physical and psychological health, plans for life after parole, and listing his parole adviser as James Kemper. Pendergast, known for his powerful Kansas City political machine and ties to organized crime, was found guilty of income tax evasion in 1939 and sentenced to 15 months in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth.

Tom Pendergast Inmate File: Parole Information Survey

Document assessing information about Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295, as relates to his potential parole. The document includes statements that the Pendergast family "has lived in luxury," that Pendergast has no financially dependent family members, and notes that his reputation is divided - friends are "fanatical in their devotion and enemies are equally fanatical in their prejudices." Pendergast, known for his powerful Kansas City political machine and ties to organized crime, was found guilty of income tax evasion in 1939 and sentenced to 15 months in the U.S.

Tom Pendergast Inmate File: Application for Parole

Application for parole made by Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295, for which he became eligible on October 28, 1939. He states that his plans upon release will be to return to his home to reside with his wife and family, and to return to work as president of Ready Mixed Concrete Company. In support of his application, he notes that this conviction was his first offense, and also notes that he is "constantly in need of Medical Attention." He lists James Kemper and R. P. Lyons as his parole advisor and employer, respectively.

Tom Pendergast Inmate File: Admission Summary

Admission summary for Tom Pendergast, Inmate #55295, which records his family background, health and economic status, and note he "is now confined as a patient in the Hospital" due to ongoing health issues. Recommendations include a note that Pendergast should receive close supervision to "avoid his becoming prey for institutional connivers." Pendergast, known for his powerful Kansas City political machine and ties to organized crime, was found guilty of income tax evasion in 1939 and sentenced to 15 months in the U.S. Penitentiary at Leavenworth.

Peter Warren and Edward E. Conroy

Clipping entitled "Accused in Plot" from the Kansas City Post on May 7, 1935 with caption stating, "Peter Warren (left), 20-year-old Dallas youth, is shown here with Edward E. Conroy, special agent in charge of the Kansas City office of the federal bureau of investigation, after Conroy and agents under him had effected Warren's arrest. The youth is charged with writing three letters in an attempt to extort $250,000 from James M. Kemper, president of the Commerce Trust company.

James Madison Kemper Biography

Clipping from The Missouri Alumnus, Vol. XIV, No. 4, featuring a biography of James Madison Kemper, Sr. on the occasion of his promotion to president of the Commerce Trust Company, Kansas City, Missouri.

James M., David W., James M., and William T. Kemper

Photograph of James Madison Kemper (left), father of William Thornton Kemper, Sr. (right), father of James M. Kemper, Sr. (center), father of David W. Kemper (front).

James M. Kemper, Sr. and Eleanor J. Kemper

Clipping entitled "Intended Plot Victims" from the Kansas City Post on May 7, 1935 with caption stating, "James M. Kemper, president of the Commerce Trust company from whom Peter Warren, arrested Tuesday by government agents here, is accused of attempting to extort $250,000 on threat of kidnaping Mr. Kemper and harming his family, is shown above with Mrs. Kemper."

James M. Kemper

Portrait of James M. Kemper, Chairman of the Board of Commerce Trust Company.

From Ruby Henshaw to Lloyd Stark

Letter from Ruby Henshaw to Lloyd Stark, who had provided a letter of introduction to Mr. Kemper of Commerce Bank. She reports on her efforts to obtain a job through Kemper.

From Reta Walters to U.S. Congress and Cabinet Secretaries

Letter from Miss Reta Walters accusing Harry Truman of being in league with Tom Pendergast and providing evidence to support her claim. She also notes prominent Kansas Citians who advocated for clemency for Pendergast after his conviction of tax evasion. Documents also address Pendergast's involvement in the liquor distilling and distribution business.