Note on White House memo sheet from Lady Bird Johnson's Social
Autograph Note signed: "Bess", 1 page, 4x5¼. To
"Barbara" [Norton], in full: "Look what happened when I finally
cleaned out my desk drawer!" Bess Clements Abell (b. 1933), daughter of
Kentucky Governor and Senator Earle Clements, served on the 1960 Presidential
Inaugural Committee. She became the assistant to Lady Bird Johnson from 1961 to
1963. During the Johnson Presidency, she served as White House Social Secretary
(1963-1969). She was Executive Director of the Democratic Governors'
Conference (1969-1975), and Executive Assistant to Joan Mondale in the Office of
the Vice-President (1977-1981). She founded her own public relations firm in
1982, and in 1990 founded with her husband Tyler Abell Merry-go-Round Farm, a
residential community near Washington, D.C. (The name comes from the Abell home,
formerly owned by Tyler's step-father, former Washington columnist Drew Pearson
("The Washington Merry-Go Round"). Adhesive residue near right margin. Surface
creasing. Hole shaped tear near letterhead. Tape on corners. Mailing fold.
Otherwise, fine condition.
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