Tyler Abell

Tyler Abell (born 1932) is an American lawyer who briefly served as Chief of Protocol of the United States in the late 1960s.

Tyler Abell
Drew Pearson and family, 1937.jpg
Pearson family in 1937 with 5-year old Tyler
Chief of Protocol of the United States
In office
September 30, 1968 – January 20, 1969
PresidentLyndon B. Johnson
Preceded byAngier Biddle Duke
Succeeded byEmil Mosbacher, Jr.
Personal details
Born1932 (age 87–88)
Spouse(s)Bess Abell
RelationsLuvie Moore Abell (mother)
George Abell (father)
Drew Pearson (stepfather)

Personal lifeEdit

Abell is the child of Luvie Moore Abell and writer George Abell. When Abell was 5 years old, his mother and her new husband, columnist Drew Pearson, took custody of him while on the British island of Sark, claiming that George had taken the child overseas without his mother's permission.[1][2] Abell later edited Drew Pearson Diaries, 1949-1959 (1974).[3]

Abell is married to Bess Abell, who served as White House Social Secretary under President Lyndon B. Johnson. They were close personal friends with Johnson and his wife, Lady Bird Johnson, who hosted Abell's wedding reception.


On September 25, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson named Abell to become Chief of Protocol at the U.S. State Department, and he took office less than a week later.[4][5] Abell resigned on January 20, 1969, after Richard Nixon won the presidential election and the Democratic Party lost control of the White House. Nixon named Emil Mosbacher, Jr. to succeed Abell as Chief of Protocol.

Abell later became a lawyer[6] and the French-American Executive Committee co-chair of the Association du Mouvement des Français de l'Étranger.[7]