North Carolina-Gov. Angus McLean-June 5

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-June 5

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

Last fall I got to visit the Executive Mansion (EM) in Raleigh, NC where the Governor of North Carolina resides.

The North Carolina Governor's Mansion.

The North Carolina Governor’s Mansion.

I was there attending an awards luncheon to recognize a UNC Pembroke employee. Lumberton is the home of a former governor Angus McLean. His son Hector McLean until he died in 2012 lived on Elm Street in Lumberton which is the same street I live on. Hector’s dad served as governor in the 1920’s. He is the only Governor in the state to hail from Lumberton, NC.

After the luncheon was concluded I was invited to do a self tour of the EM. I went searching for the portrait of Angus McLean. I was unsuccessful but did find some interesting things.

First if you live in Lumberton and want to learn about Governor Angus McLean there is a great book at the link below you can view his papers and letters.

I also got to snap some interesting photos inside the Executive Mansion.

Every North Carolina Governor’s name is included on the carpet that is located in the main foyer of the Executive Mansion (EM). I found Lumberton’s Governor Angus McLean (1925-1929). If you go to the EM it is located to the right of the staircase as you enter the front door.

Angus McLean Carpet

Photo below is the staircase in Executive Mansion-the gentleman to the right of the staircase is actually standing on Angus McLean’s name.

Staircase Executive mansion

I also found the picture of Angus McLean’s wife First Lady Margaret French McLean. Ironically her daughter(Margaret McLean Sheppard) built a house on the corner of 19th and Barker St in Lumberton, NC. That home is where the recipient of the awards ceremony I was attending actually lives today. It was a great history lesson for her.

Margaret French Shepherd


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