040219 FDR author Kathryn Smith

Author and actress Kathryn Smith as FDR's secretary, Missy LeHand

The William Thomson Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will present Kathryn Smith, author of “The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR, and the Untold Story of the Partnership That Defined a Presidency” on Monday, April 15 at 3:30 p.m.

Smith will speak at St. Paul United Methodist Church, 1808 Bridge St., St. Matthews. The program is part of the monthly meeting of the DAR chapter, and the public is invited and admission is free.

An Anderson resident, Smith will speak as Missy, appear in period costume and then take questions.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt considered his personal secretary, Missy Alice LeHand, as one of the most vital and loyal members of his inner circle. He remarked that she was “my conscience.” She served with him from 1920 during his unsuccessful run for vice president through his time as governor of New York and almost a decade in the White House.

Smith said, “Far more than a secretary, Missy fulfilled the crucial duties of chief of staff long before the position was formally created, and she was a persuasive voice in policy decisions and appointment recommendations.”

Smith is also a co-author, with Kelly Durham, of a mystery fiction series featuring LeHand as an amateur detective. The newest release is titled “Eleanor Roosevelt Goes to Prison.”

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