Calling on FDR
In September 1928, Mr. Michael Norman Mansour of Goldsboro, North Carolina, the owner Mansour’s Department Store (later called Hub Department Store) received two letters while in New York City on business from Franklin Delano Roosevelt urging him to support New York Governor Alfred Emanuel Smith in his race for Presidency. Having been a long supporter of Smith, Roosevelt reached out to prominent businessmen like Mansour for support not only in Smith’s race, but also in Roosevelt’s own bid for Governor of New York. Smith lost the Presidency to Herbert Hoover, but Roosevelt won his election making him one step closer to Presidency himself. According to his grandsons Ernie and Eddie Mansour, they are not sure if their grandfather supported Smith or Roosevelt, but he arrived home to North Carolina with pretty exciting mail!