April 7, 1939

Democrat political boss, Tom Pendergast, was indicted on income tax charges. Prior to this he had almost complete control of Kansas City and the state Capitol was known as "Uncle Tom's Cabin


January 26, 1945

An era ended on this date when "Boss" Tom Pendergast died. With his Kansas City Democrat machine he controlled Missouri politics for years.


July 22, 1873

Kansas City political boss Tom Pendergast was born. Known for using nefarious methods to get his way, Pendergast ran the town of Kansas City and the surrounding Jackson County area for nearly fifteen years, from 1925 to 1939.