In the career of Eugene Lee, of Dunn, there is to be found a lesson in courage and persistence that is greatly worthy of emulation. Deprived of participation in a profession which he had chosen as his life work, and handicapped by a physical injury incurred through no fault of his own, he refused to allow himself to become discouraged or his spirit to be crushed, but set out upon a new career, with the result that he now occupies an honored and leading position among the businessmen of his city, being a successful dealer in insurance and bonds, secretary and treasurer of the Home Building and Loan Association, secretary of the Dunn Chamber of Commerce and secretary of the Dunn Rotary Club.
Eugene Lee was born May 2, 1885, near Smith- field, Johnston County, North Carolina, and is a son of Eldredge and Emma J. (Messingill) Lee. His parents were born in Johnston County, and for some years his father was engaged in the hardware business at Smithfield and later at Dunn, but is now active in insurance lines, at the age of sixty-seven years. He is one of his community's highly respected citizens and for two terms served as mayor of Dunn. Eugene Lee received his early education in the public schools of Dunn, following which he entered the North Carolina Agricultural College, and was graduated with the class of 1910 as a civil engineer. Shortly after his graduation he joined an engineering party which went to Mexico, in which country he spent two years, but his career in this direction was terminated suddenly by the bullet of a, Mexican bandit, which crippled him for life and made it impossible for him to follow further the profession for which he was so eminently fitted and upon which his heart was set.
For one year after his return to Dunn Mr. Lee was forced to use a wheel chair, but his spirit never quailed. He was appointed postmaster of Dunn by President Taft, an appointment which was later confirmed by President Wilson, during whose two administrations Mr. Lee held the same position. He then was made secretary-treasurer of the Home Building and Loan Association, a position which he still retains, and is engaged in the insurance and bonds business. At present he is representative at Dunn for the Royal Insurance Company, Dixie Fire Insurance Company, Atlantic Fire Insurance Company, Hartford Fire Insurance Company, Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland and Liverpool & London & Globe Insurance Company. He maintains offices in the Wilson & Lee Building at 127 East Broad Street. Mr. Lee is known as a businessman of the highest character and a citizen of much public spirit and civic pride. During the past three years he has promulgated many measures for the betterment and advancement of the city in the capacity of secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, and his associates have the ut- most confidence in his ability and judgment. He has also carried through much good work as secretary of the Rotary Club of Dunn.
Politically Mr. Lee is a democrat and takes much interest in local affairs. He is a thirty-second degree Scottish Rite Mason and member of Sudan Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., and also belongs to the Dunn Shrine Club. With his numerous other duties he still finds time to act as treasurer of the Baptist Church