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CONNOR, WILLIAM OTT (1852–1934). William Ott Connor, financier, son of William J. and Julia C. (Hines) Connor, was born in Hamburg, Tennessee, on October 8, 1852, and moved to Texas with his mother and other children from Corinth, Mississippi, in 1859, after his father died. They settled in Jefferson. After moving to Dallas Connor became a salesman for Sanger Brothers (see SANGER, ALEXANDER) in 1878 and in 1881 became manager, a position he held until April 1, 1920, at which time he became president of the Republic National Bank. He served as first president of the trade league that helped to build Dallas into a wholesale center by inducing jobbers to pay for transportation of merchants to the city. Connor was the first mayor of Highland Park, a member of the first park board in Dallas, chairman of the board of directors of Republic National Bank and Trust Company, and a director of many Dallas corporations. He married Lula J. Mays on June 8, 1882, and they had two children. He later married Hattie Crowdus, and they had one child. Connor died on February 5, 1934.


Dallas Morning News, February 6, 1934. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County (Chicago: Lewis, 1892; rpt., Dallas: Walsworth, 1976). Who Was Who in America, Vol. 2.

Carolyn Hyman


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Carolyn Hyman, "CONNOR, WILLIAM OTT," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.