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 James Pendergast

James Pendergast

Birth
Gallipolis, Gallia County, Ohio, USA
Death 10 Nov 1911 (aged 55)
Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Burial Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 21449 · View Source
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Criminal. Crime figure in Kansas City, Missouri. James Pendergast was the brother of Kansas City boss, Tom Pendergast. The roots of organized crime in Kansas City trace back to the beginnings of the Pendergast political machine, which had its origins in the 1890s. James Pendergast was born in Gallipolis, Ohio in 1856. Twenty years later he arrived in Kansas City with little in his pockets. In 1881 he won big at the local racetrack by betting on a horse named Climax. With his winnings Pendergast purchased a combination hotel and saloon. The saloon, which he named Climax, was located on St. Louis Avenue in an area of Kansas City MO called the West Bottoms, not far from the banks of the Missouri River. James Pendergast Jr. is in the Abbey Mausoleum just inside the door, on the right.

Bio by: Bill Walker


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  • Added: 15 Apr 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21449
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James Pendergast (27 Jan 1856–10 Nov 1911), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21449, citing Mount Saint Marys Cemetery, Kansas City, Jackson County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .