John B. Connors

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John B. Connors

John B. Connors

“I have always prided myself in my good standing with the Indians. They are a great race and I love them for the sterling qualities I know to be inherent in them. As proof of this good standing I was elected judge of the Choctaw courts, one time, over a full-blood candidate.”
Judge John Connors


Honorable John B. Connors was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and came to McAlester, Oklahoma, in 1881 as paymaster and shipping clerk for Teoc Lumber Company at the No. 7 Switch near Krebs. He married Fannie Anderson, the daughter of a prominent Choctaw family and was made a citizen of the Choctaw Nation. He was elected judge of Toucksy, renamed Coal County, and served as revenue collector for the first district of the Choctaw Nation for four years. When statehood came in 1907, Connors was elected the first president of the State Board of Agriculture and was instrumental in founding agricultural schools at Warner, Tishomingo, and Lawton. He was also a member of the State Prison Control Board.

Fun fact

Though Judge Connors was not a Choctaw by blood, he married the daughter of a prominent Choctaw family and learned to speak the Choctaw language fluently.

Oklahoma connections

Connors came to Indian Territory in 1881 and settled at McAlester, Oklahoma.




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