Felix Payne

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NationalityAfrican Americans
CitizenshipUnited States of America
  • Politician
  • Gambler
  • Night club owner
  • Newspaper publisher

Felix Payne (1884 – 1962) was a politician, gambler, night club owner, and newspaper publisher. He was one of the most influential African Americans in Kansas City in the 1920s and 1930s. Payne was an associate of one of Kansas City’s most notorious machine bosses, Tom Pendergast. Payne was known for being soft-spoken and charismatic. Payne controlled the illegal numbers racket in Kansas City. In return for his work, he used his influence to get local African Americans to vote for Pendergast and his other Democratic machine candidates.[1]


  1. Rice, Glenn E. (June 6, 1996). "Kansas City' Felix Payne played a big role in the community in the 1930s". KC Star.

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