Author Kathryn Smith on The Gatekeeper (3-11-17 & 3-12-17)
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The Hudson Valley is known throughout the United State as the home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR). In this program the author and Rotarian (Greater Anderson Club, SC) Kathryn Smith tells about FDR’s longtime personal secretary, Missy LeHand, the subject of Ms. Smith’s new book The Gatekeeper: Missy LeHand, FDR, and the Untold Story of the Partnership that Defined a Presidency . 24-year-old Ms. LeHand joined FDR’s failed candidacy for Vice-President as a secretary in 1920 and stayed with him through his career in business and law, his battle with polio, his New York State governorship (1928-32), and the first years of his presidency, only leaving him by dying in July 1944, nine months before Roosevelt also passed away. In addition to her role that amounted to being “chief of staff” when FDR was president, Ms. LeHand was his co-leader in making the polio rehabilitation center at Warm Springs, GA, a success. Listen to a fascinating interview.