The State Historical Society of Missouri-Columbia

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William E. Byers Speech ("1940")

Text of a speech given by William E. Byers in Slater, Missouri on April 20, 1939. It discusses the activities of the Pendergast political machine and his hope for a future government based on "Americanism."

Why I Am Supporting James V. "Josh" Billings

Article written by Clare Magee, Unionville attorney, discussing the reasons he supports James Billings for the Missouri Supreme Court. He writes that the only complaints against Billings "have come from those who desired to take advantage of the unfortunate, and who were thwarted in that purpose by Judge Billings."

Unsigned Memo

Unsigned typed document, presumably written by Lloyd Stark. It regards a visit to William Igoe in St. Louis about the feasibility of the author's chances in running for Missouri governor.

United Democracy for Stark

Publication containing excerpts from newspapers throughout the state with endorsements and positive reports for Stark's candidacy for governor.

Truman's First Nomination for Senator was Stolen

Pamphlet written by Ewing Young Mitchell, former Assistant Secretary of Commerce in Franklin D. Roosevelt administration's first term. He asserts "[t]he first nomination for United States Senator of Harry S. Truman was stolen," and proceeds to argue that point. The Pendergast machine is described as "the most corrupt, the most brazen, gang of thieves who ever looted an American city," and describes the Pendergasts' businesses' activities and obstructions around the city.

Transcript of the Court's Charge to the Grand Jury

Transcript of the Court's Charge to the Grand Jury in case investigating election fraud in a 1936 election.

To Thomas J. Finnigan from Sam Hargus

Letter from Sam Hargus, secretary to Governor Guy Park to Thomas J. Finnigan, discussing a recent article on Tom Pendergast and jesting about a political appointment for Finnigan referenced in the previous letter.

To the Members of the Woman's Benefit Association

Letter from May Sommers, State Field Director of the Women's Benefit Association, informing members about a lawsuit brought against their society and other fraternal organizations in Missouri.

To the Democratic Voters of Missouri: Beat Pendergastism

Political publication in the form of a "sample ballot" indicating that a vote for Jesse Barrett was a vote against Pendergast influence in Missouri.

To T. H. Cutler From Lloyd Stark

Letter from Lloyd Stark to T. H. Cutler asking for an appointment for the brother of Mary Miller, an instrumental figure in in the passage of a Road Bond Issue in Kansas City.

To Orrin Shaw from W. M. Ledbetter

Letter to Orrin Shaw indicating candidate Lloyd Stark's intention to hold a labor meeting in Kansas City.

To Mollie Mayerhoff from Katherine Stark

Unsigned letter to Mollie Mayerhoff of Carthage, Missouri thanking her for her recent letter of congratulations to Lloyd Stark.