Pendergast, Thomas J

▪ American politician
born July 22, 1872, St. Joseph, Mo., U.S.
died Jan. 26, 1945, Kansas City, Mo.

      U.S. politician who created a powerful political machine in Missouri. Critics of Pres. Harry S. Truman frequently linked his name with Pendergast, a former associate.

      Pendergast went to Kansas City in 1893, where he learned the rudiments of municipal politics from precinct captains and where, by 1916, he had become political boss of Kansas City's Democrats, a position he held for almost 25 uninterrupted years. His political machine dominated state as well as city politics and had strong influence in Democratic national conventions. Political foes labelled him a ruthless leader of a corrupt political machine that had made Kansas City a hotbed of vice and crime.

      Pendergast was toppled not by his political opponents but by the U.S. government, which found him guilty of evading payment of income taxes on $443,550. This sum allegedly included a $315,000 bribe he had received from some fire-insurance companies for favouring their side in a rate-increase dispute. Pendergast was sentenced to federal prison in May 1939 and served a year and a day.

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