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Mary Louise Smith

politics and public affairs consultant

Mary Louise Smith, American politics and public affairs consultant. award University Iowa, 1984, Hancher Medallion award, 1991; award Council for International Understanding, 1992, President award Midwest Archives Conference, 1994; award named in her honor, Young Women’s Christian Association, 1988; award Iowa region National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1996.


Smith, Mary Louise was born on October 6, 1914 in Eddyville, Iowa, United States. Daughter of Frank and Louise Anna (Jager) Epperson.


Bachelor, University Iowa, 1935. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Drake University, 1980. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Grinnell College, 1984.


Republican precinct committeewoman, Eagle Grove, 1960-1962, vice-chairwoman, Wright County, Iowa, 1962-1963. Member Republican National Committee, 1964-1984, member executive committee, 1969-1984, member convention reforms committee, 1966, vice-chairwoman Steiger committee on convention reform, 1973, co-chairman national committee, 1974, chairman Committee, 1974-1977. Vice-chairwoman United States Commission on Civil Rights, 1982-1983.

Vice-chairwoman Midwest region Republican Conference, 1969-1971. Delegate Republican National Convention, 1968, 72, 76, 80, 84, alternate delegate, 1964, honorary officer, 1988, 92, organized and called to order, 1976. Vice-chairwoman Iowa Presidential campaign, 1964.

National co-chairman Physicians Committee for Presidential Campaign, 1972. Co-chairwoman Iowa Committee to Reelect the President, 1972. Member National Commission on Observance International Women's Year, 1975-1977, delegate International Women's Year Conference, Houston, 1977.

Visiting fellow Woodrow Wilson.


Member Republican National Committee, 1964-1984. Member National Commission on Observance International Women's Year, 1975-1977, delegate International Women's Year Conference, Houston, 1977. Member United States delegate to Extraordinary Session of United Nations Educational General Conference, Paris, 1973.

Member United States delegate 15th session population commission United Nations Economic and Social Council, Geneva, 1969. Member President's Commission for Observance of 25th Anniversary of United Nations, 1970-1971. Member Iowa Commission for Blind, 1961-1963, chairwoman, 1963.

Member Iowa Governor's Commission on Aging, 1962. Member advisory council University Iowa Hawkeye Fund Women's Program, 1982-1987, co-founder Iowa Women's Archives, 1991. Member bipartisan legislative committee on government ethics and procedures, 1992.

Member Governor's Blue Ribbon Task Force on Campaign Finance Disclosure Law, 1989. Member Des Moines Human Rights Commission, since 1995. Member Women's Auxiliary American Medical Association, United Nations Association, National Conference Christians and Jews, National Women's Political Caucus (advisory board 1978-1997), Philanthropic and Educational Organization, Kappa Alpha Theta.

Died August 22, 1997. The concept of "giving back" to the community in return for the benefits you have received establishes a sound basis for public service. I also believe that a woman who has achieved any degree of success in any field has an obligation to help other women in their efforts to succeed.

Died 1997.


Married Elmer Milton Smith, October 7, 1934. Children: Robert C., Margaret L., James E. Member Eagle Grove (Iowa) Board Education, 1955-1960.

Frank Epperson

Louise Anna (Jager) Epperson

Elmer Milton Smith

Robert C. Smith

Margaret L. Smith

James E. Member Eagle Grove Smith (Iowa) Board Education

1955-1960 Smith