Angus Wilton McLean

50th Governor of the State of North Carolina - 1925 to 1929

Date Born: April, 20, 1870

Date Died: June 21, 1935

Place Born: Robeson County, NC

Place Buried: Meadowbrook Cemetery in Lumberton, NC

Residence: Lumberton, NC

Occupation: Lawyer, Banker


Angus Wilton McLean (20 April 1870 -- 21 June 1935) was a lawyer and banker who was the Democratic governor of the state of North Carolina from 1925 to 1929. Angus also served as Assistant Secretary of the United States Department of the Treasury from 1920-1921.

Born to Confederate veteran and farmer Archibald McLean and the former Caroline Purcell, he graduated from local public scholls and the McMillan Military Academy. He began studying law in 1890 at UNC and was admitted to the bar in 1892. McLean joined a law firm in Lumberton and in 1904 married Margaret French - they had three children.

McLean was among Lumberton's leading businessmen - he was involved in the founding of the town's first bank, three textile mills, and the Virginia & Carolina Railroad, for which he served as its first president. Long active in the Democrat Party, he served on the state executive committee and as a delegate to national conventions. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson appointed him one of four diretors of the War Finance Corporation; in 1920, Wilson named him Assistant Secretary of the Treasury.

McLean, with the support of the political machine of Senator Furnifold Simmons, defeated Josiah Bailey for the Democratice gubernatorial nomination in 1924, and in the fall easily defeated Republican candidate Isaac M. Meekins. In his inaugural address, he recommended a thorough revision of the budgetary system for the State government - one month later adopted by the legislature. With conservative management of the State's revenue, McLean left office with a $2.5 million surplus, a cushion that would well serve his successor during the Depression.

McLean returned to his law practice in Lumberton after leaving office and soon opened a second office in Washington, DC. In April of 1935, he suffered a stroke in Raleigh and died two months later.


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