Have you ever heard of Julia McGehee Alexander? She's a fascinating character from Charlotte who was among the first North Carolina women to enter the professional class and, later, politics. Julia was a descendant of some of the key founding fathers of Charlotte and her father was also a well-known politician who served in both the state and national legislature. According to one source "Miss Alexander was the second woman to be licensed to practice law in North Carolina, the first woman to enter independent law practice in the state, and the first woman to serve as a representative in the North Carolina House of Representatives."
Among her other accomplishments, Julia was also a founding regent of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) in Charlotte. Several current DAR members have agreed to join us to share the wonderful history of this underappreciated figure from Charlotte's history!
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