Henry Lee Jost (1873-1950) Papers (KC0270)
Henry Lee Jost was born in
At 22, Jost went to
From 1912 to 1916, Jost served two terms as the Democratic
Jost, as mayor, has been credited with establishing an efficient city government. He instituted a policy of holding town hall meetings, at which he answered questions from citizens. During his two terms as mayor, Jost was associated with Joseph B. Shannon and the Rabbit faction. However, in later years, he supported Thomas Pendergast and the Goat faction. In a third bid for reelection, Jost was defeated by Republican George Herbert Edwards.
Jost returned to private practice.
In 1923, he was elected the Democratic Congressman from the 5th District.
In Congress, Jost was interested in establishing a national military park
The papers contains material, such as statements and addresses made as mayor, correspondence, financial statements, and legal cases. However, the main part of the collection are scrapbooks which have been microfilmed. They trace the media coverage of Jost's career as mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, as well as many civic and political events. Most, but not all of the newspaper clippings are from Kansas City area newspapers. Topics of special interest: The Metropolitan Railway Franchise debate and vote; interurban depot location; licensing of bars and saloons in Kansas City, Missouri; the need to test milk for purity and clean up the dairies; and political warfare between the Rabbits and the Goats. ca. 1898-1958.
4 cubic feet; 13 volumes (MICROFORM).
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