Martin Sennet Conner

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This article is about the Governor of Mississippi. For the science fiction writer, see Michael Conner.
Martin Sennet Conner
Governor Martin S. Conner, Jan. 19, 1932 to Jan. 21, 1936 (14123298914).jpg
44th Governor of Mississippi
In office
January 19, 1932 – January 21, 1936
Lieutenant Dennis Murphree
Preceded by Theodore G. Bilbo
Succeeded by Hugh L. White
Member of the Mississippi House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1891-08-31)August 31, 1891
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Died September 16, 1950(1950-09-16) (aged 59)
Jackson, Mississippi
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Alma Lucille Graham
Profession Lawyer
Religion Methodist

Martin Sennet Conner, known as Mike Conner (August 31, 1891 – September 16, 1950), was an American lawyer, politician, and college sports administrator. Conner served as the Governor of Mississippi from 1932 to 1936, serving as a Democrat.


A native of Seminary in Covington County 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. His term as a governor was focused on dealing with the consequences of the Great Depression. Nonetheless surplus in state treasury was achieved during his governorship. He was noted for going to the state penitentiary to preside over "mercy courts" that resulted in executive clemency for prisoners.[1]

Following his term as governor, Conner served as the first commissioner of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) from August 21, 1940 through the fall of 1946.[2]

He is buried in the Lakewood Memorial Park in Jackson, Mississippi.


  1. ^ Madar, Chase (21 December 2015). "The Case for Clemency". The American Conservative. Retrieved 25 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Stories of Character :: Celebrating 75 Years

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Political offices
Preceded by
Theodore G. Bilbo
Governor of Mississippi
Succeeded by
Hugh L. White
Sporting positions