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Author: Lawrence H Larsen; Nancy J Hulston
Publisher: Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©1997.
Series: Missouri biography series.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, in 1872, Tom Pendergast moved to Kansas City around 1890 to work for his brother James, founder of the Pendergast "Goat" faction in Kansas City Democratic politics. In 1911, Pendergast became head of the Goats, and over the next fifteen years he created a powerful political machine that used illegal voting and criminal enforcers to gain power. Following a change in the city charter in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Larsen, Lawrence H. (Lawrence Harold), 1931-2017.
Pendergast!
Columbia : University of Missouri Press, ©1997
(OCoLC)988744713
Named Person: Tom Pendergast; Tom Pendergast; Tom Pendergast
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lawrence H Larsen; Nancy J Hulston
ISBN: 0826211453 9780826211453
OCLC Number: 37432817
Description: xii, 237 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Title: Missouri biography series.
Responsibility: Lawrence H. Larsen and Nancy J. Hulston.
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Through extensive research, including use of recently released prison records and previously unavailable family records, this text takes a look at the life of Thomas J. Pendergast, Kansas City's  Read more...

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