POLITICAL NOTES: Kansas City Succession

Kansas City Succession

The Pendergast boys, brawny Irish Democrats, got their start in Kansas City politics 40 years ago. Easy-going Brother Michael was content to spend his life holding minor city jobs, running the rough-&-tumble Tenth Ward. Brother James, a saloonkeeper, took the First Ward for his domain. Brother Thomas was the ambitious one. Starting out under Jim, who died in 1911, he thrust up and out until he was undisputed boss not only of Kansas City but of all Missouri, and as such a prime power in the national Democracy.

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