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The Hortense Sparks Ward and William Ward/M.D. Anderson House was built in 1934 by the BensonHall Company for Hortense Sparks Ward and her family.

Hortense Sparks Ward was the first female lawyer in the State of Texas, and the first female registered to vote in Harris County. She was a leader of the suffragette movement in Texas, and served as a Justice on a special, all-female Supreme Court of Texas appointed by the Governor in 1925.

Monroe Dunaway Anderson, the benefactor of the M.D. Anderson Hospital Center, moved to the home in 1938. Suffering from illness, he moved to the home with private nurses. It was the first time he had lived in a single family residence. He died shortly after in 1939.

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  • The title was changed to Monroe Anderson Mansion At 1902 Sunset Blvd.

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