President Franklin Delano Roosevelt considered his savvy personal secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand, one of the most vital, and certainly one of the most loyal, members of his inner circle. He often remarked that she was “my conscience.” LeHand worked with FDR for more than 20 years, starting from his first failed vice presidential campaign in 1920, through his time as governor of New York, and for almost a decade in the White House. Yet while hundreds of books have chronicled FDR’s four historic terms in office, as he steered the country through the Great Depression and World War II, LeHand has been relegated to the footnotes of history … until now.
Kathryn Smith is a journalist and writer. She spent decades writing for daily newspapers and has been the book columnist for the Anderson Independent Mail in South Carolina for 20 years. She has been involved through Rotary International in PolioPlus, the worldwide effort to eradicate polio. Smith is also the author of A Necessary War, an oral history of World War II.
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