The Great Kansas Bond Scandal Robert Smith Bader

ISBN: 9780700602483

Published: March 7th 1984

Paperback

408 pages


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The Great Kansas Bond Scandal  by  Robert Smith Bader

The Great Kansas Bond Scandal by Robert Smith Bader
March 7th 1984 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 408 pages | ISBN: 9780700602483 | 7.73 Mb

This book tells the story of the greatest public scandal in the history of the state of Kansas.At the nadir of the Great Depression, in the summer of 1933, a million and a quarter in forged bonds and warrants were discovered in the state treasuryMoreThis book tells the story of the greatest public scandal in the history of the state of Kansas.At the nadir of the Great Depression, in the summer of 1933, a million and a quarter in forged bonds and warrants were discovered in the state treasury and in bond brokerage houses.

Before the affair was over, martial law was declared in the statehouse- four criminal convictions were effected including the three longest sentences in the states penal history- two state officers were impeached- six federal indictments were handed down, including one against the president of one of the Midwests leading banks- a record number of civil suits jammed the courts- three banks closed permanently- a major Chicago brokerage firm went bankrupt- and one of the principals in the incident committed suicide. Political alliances had re-formed and regrouped, particularly in the progressive faction of the Republican Party.

The honor, pride, and image of the state had been seriously, though not permanently, damaged.The scandal was all the greater because the perpetrators, a freewheeling, charismatic con man named Ronald Finney and his father, W. W. Finney, were intimately involved with two of the states best-known public figures, William Allen White and Alf Landon. Portions of the book focus on the actions and reactions of White and Landon as they struggled to separate their personal friendships from their public positions.Robert Smith Bader examines the multi-faceted affair in fascinating detail, including the vigorous prosecution of the bond-scandal defendant, and, later, the dramatic behind-the-scenes attempts by the friends of Ronald Finney to obtain his release from the state penitentiary efforts of a decidedly political nature.This is more than an interesting tale of graft and skullduggery.

In setting forth the financial, political, psychological, and personal costs of the episode, the author reveals much about the cultural history of Americas puritanical heartland during the joyless years of the Depression.



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