Frontier lawyer Wilbur Fisk Sanders established his reputation in 1863 by courageously prosecuting Virginia City’s most dangerous outlaws. A member of the first territorial legislature and Montana’s first United States senator, Sanders was renowned for his eloquent speeches, fiery wit, and passionate dedication to Montana’s welfare. Sanders’ wife Harriet, praised by Woman Suffrage Association president Susan B. Anthony for furthering women’s rights in Montana, proved a good match for her outspoken husband. The Sanders built an Italianate style residence here in 1875. Helena architects Paulsen and McConnell remodeled the home circa 1889, completely altering the square, two-story residence to its present appearance.