Harry Truman's feud with Roger C. Slaughter was neither pretty to watch nor quick to die.

It started in 1946, when the President decided to purge him from Congress because Slaughter, a Democrat from part of Harry Truman's own home territory, the Fifth Missouri District, persistently voted against the Truman program. Jim Pendergast, his Kansas City henchmen and other good Democrats, including the late Charlie Binaggio, were quick to oblige, but they were a little clumsy about it. They purged Roger Slaughter in the primaries, all right, but they let a Republican win...

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