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- 9780826211453 - Pendergast! (MISSOURI BIOGRAPHY SERIES) by Nancy J. Hulston Lawrence H. Larsen
During the Great Depression, he also put people to work through large public works projects.
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Every year, he hosted Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners for the poor. While Pendergast worked hard to improve conditions for the working poor, he relied on fraud, manipulation, and violence to win elections. He also reaped huge profits from gambling, alcohol and other illegal industries and frequently steered government contracts to his own companies. In , Pendergast threw his support behind Harry S. Truman for election to the U. Over his second term, Truman built a reputation as being hardworking and honest and was able to escape the shadow of the Pendergast political machine. His political power also started to wane when Missouri Gov.
Thomas J Pendergast - Great American Biographies
Lloyd C. Stark turned against him. While Pendergast was not prosecuted his role in the voting fraud scheme, he was convicted of tax evasion three years later. After serving 15 months in federal prison, Pendergast lived largely outside the public spotlight until his death in President Truman was reportedly the only elected official who attended the funeral. The U. In Clinton v.
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THE Conventions of a number of the States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of its institution. An insightful and comprehensive biography, Pendergast! Lawrence H. Nancy J. This biography does little to dissipate the sensationalism surrounding its subject.
Set up in the business of politics in by his eldest brother, James, Thomas J. Pendergast rose slowly but steadily to the top of the Kansas City political machine that his brother had created, eventually becoming the city's de facto ruler and a very wealthy man. While widespread rumors of drug dealing, prostitution, election fraud, and violence plagued his career as a powerbroker--a career spent largely behind the scenes, and not in elective office--historian Larsen Univ.
Indeed, the only wrongdoing on Pendergast's part of which the authors seem positive is the income-tax evasion for which he was convicted and sent to Leavenworth in Frequently compared to Al Capone also at Leavenworth for tax evasion , Pendergast did not linger in jail; he spent only 12 months of a month sentence behind bars.
He died in alone and nearly broke; his wife had finally left him, and his money had gone to pay government fines and his endless gambling debts. His greatest legacy is, supposedly, to have fixed the election that put haberdasher and loyal Pendergast supporter Harry Truman in his first public office and on a trajectory to the White House. Unfortunately, while the subject is an interesting and important one, Larsen and Hulston seem to have little to offer but recycled rumor and innuendo.
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