Smith, Mary Louise
- Suzanne O'Dea
Smith, Mary Louise (06 October 1914–22 August 1997), political party leader, feminist, and federal appointee, was born Mary Louise Epperson in Eddyville, Iowa, the younger daughter of Frank Epperson, a banker, and Louisa Anna Jager. As an elementary school student, Mary Louise began giving dramatic readings for her mother’s social groups and in school performances. A self-described “ham,” she developed the public speaking skills that served her throughout the rest of her life. Both her paternal grandfather and her father were Republican politicians and both attended the party’s national conventions....