April 7, 1839

Democratic political boss Tom Pendergast is indicted on income tax charges. Pendergast was arguably the most powerful man in Missouri, and possibly one of the most influential in the nation, in the two decades leading up to his fall.

Based upon content from the book Missouri 365: This Day in Missouri History by John W. Brown, broadcaster and Missouri historian. Get your copy at Reedy Press.

Photo courtesy the Kansas City Public Library