Shirley Abbott (ambassador)

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Shirley "S.L." Abbott (July 23,1924 – April 23, 2013) was an American businessman, rancher, politician, and ambassador.

Born in Fairview, Oklahoma, Abbott lived on a dairy farm in Minnesota with his family and then moved to El Paso, Texas. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He received his bachelor and optometrist degrees from Pacific University. He then practiced optometry in El Paso, Texas and was a rancher. He served in the Texas House of Representatives as a Republican 1977-1978.[1] In 1983, Abbott was appointed United States Ambassador to Lesotho by President Ronald Reagan. Abbott died in Coronado, CA.[2][3]