Martin Sennet Conner
Martin Sennett Conner, known as Mike Conner (August 31, 1891 – September 16, 1950), was an American lawyer, Democratic politician, and college sports administrator who served as the governor of Mississippi from 1932 to 1936.
Martin Sennett Conner
|44th Governor of Mississippi|
January 19, 1932 – January 21, 1936
|Preceded by||Theodore G. Bilbo|
|Succeeded by||Hugh L. White|
|Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives|
|Born||August 31, 1891|
Seminary, Mississippi, USA
|Died||September 16, 1950 (aged 59)|
|Resting place||Lakewood Memorial Park in Jackson, Mississippi|
|Spouse(s)||Alma Lucille Graham|
A native of rural Seminary in Covington County near Hattiesburg in southern Mississippi, Conner obtained his education at the University of Mississippi in Oxford and at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. He later began a legal career in Seminary and served as a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives from 1916 to 1924, including a stint as Speaker. His term as a governor corresponded with the Great Depression, but he maintained a state treasury surplus during his tenure. He was noted for going to the state penitentiary to preside over "mercy courts" that resulted in executive clemency for prisoners.
Conner was allied with Huey Pierce Long, Jr., the governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932 and the U.S. senator from 1932 to 1935. Long struck up an alliance with Conner to support "good roods" connecting the neighboring states. From the sidelines, Long helped Conner win the Mississippi governorship though Conner had twice lost previous bid for the office. Conner's runoff election opponent and gubernatorial successor, Hugh L. White, tried to make an issue of Long's involvement in an out-of-state race.
Conner died in the capital city of Jackson and is interred there at Lakewood Memorial Park.
- Madar, Chase (21 December 2015). "The Case for Clemency". The American Conservative. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
- Huey Pierce Long, Jr., Every Man a King: The Autobiography of Huey P. Long (New Orleans: National Book Club, Inc., 1933), pp. 275-276.
- Stories of Character :: Celebrating 75 Years Archived October 22, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
Theodore G. Bilbo
| Governor of Mississippi
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