Bio: Bess Abell was Lady Bird Johnson’s Social Secretary. The daughter of Earle Clements, a man who served Kentucky as both its governor and senator, she lived her entire life around politics. The Johnsons were personal friends; they had hosted Bess' wedding reception when she married Tyler Abell, (stepson of syndicated columnist Drew Pearson) for she was a close as their two daughters, Lucy and Lynda Byrd.
Bess Abell poses in evening gown. Visit of President Francois Tombalbaye of Chad, Red Room, White House, Washington DC, 10/2/1968. Photo # d1925-13a by Robert Knudsen. White House Photo Office collection, LBJ Presidential Library, public domain.
LBJ Connection: Assistant to Mrs. Johnson, 1961-1963; Social Secretary to Mrs. Johnson, 1963-1969
Abell, Bess, 1933-,
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