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In 1920, Lillian Exum Clement of Buncombe County was elected to the North Carolina General Assembly, becoming the South's first woman legislator. What was even more remarkable was that she was elected by men, who were the only legal voters in 1920. Sixteen of the seventeen bills she introduced became law. She was also Buncombe County's first female lawyer and the first to have a practice without male partners.