Pendergast, Thomas

Pendergast, Thomas (Joseph)

(1872–1945) political boss; born in St. Joseph, Mo. Although he held only minor offices, he became a Democratic ward boss in Kansas City by 1910; by the 1920s he had extended his political control through much of Kansas by various corrupt practices. Harry S. Truman started out under his wing. Pendergast expanded his influence during the New Deal by controlling public works projects. In 1939 he was convicted of income tax evasion and served 15 months in Leavenworth Prison.
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Megan Baker, Natalie Boucher, Joshua Brenner, Bryana Cox, Madison Doerr, Katherine Keane, Mira Kennedy, Claire Pendergast, Thomas Richards, Juliana Shank, Samantha Starkey, Riley Stone, Allie Rolles, Arie van den Bosch, Abigail Walsh, Maddison Walsh, Aaron Wilhelmy and Nicole Zwicker.
High honors were awarded to: Megan Baker, Natalie Boucher, Joshua Brenner, Bryana Cox, Madison Doerr, Katherine Keane, Mira Kennedy, Claire Pendergast, Thomas Richards, Juliana Shank, Samantha Starkey, Riley Stone, Allie Rolles, Arie van den Bosch, Abigail Walsh, Maddison Walsh, Aaron Wilhelmy and Nicole Zwicker.