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BESS ABELL - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED CIRCA 1964 - DOCUMENT 309991

 

BESS ABELL
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 condition.


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BESS ABELL
Born: Circa 1933 in Morganfield, Kentucky




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