She writes while accompanying Lady Bird Johnson on a campaign swing
through the South, one month before LBJ's landslide re-election victory.
Autograph Note signed: "Bess", 6x4¼ Written on verso of a
special postcard illustrating the route of "The Lady Bird Special," a 1964
campaign tour of Southern states. Postmarked Charleston, South Carolina,
October 8, 1964 To Miss Barbara Norton, The Sheraton-Park, Washington, D. C.
In full: "We're just like a rolling Sheraton Hotel! Wish you were
along to manage it!" 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 Merry-go-Round Farm, a residential community near
Washington, D.C. with her husband Tyler Abell. The name comes from the Abell
home, which was previously owned by Tyler's step-father, former Washington
columnist Drew Pearson ("The Washington Merry-Go Round"). Barbara Norton was
Director of Public Relations for the Sheraton Park Hotel in Washington. Edges
slightly creased. Lightly toned. Tape strip at right edge. Otherwise, fine
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