Thomas Briggs Converse, Jr. was born in Valdosta in 1886. He attended Valdosta public schools and Mercer University in Macon. Converse was married to Marion Keller. In his early business years, Mr. Converse was a member of the firm Staten-Converse, a store which dealt in Ladies apparel. He later worked with Mr. N.N. Langdale in the lumber business. In the early 1930s, he was elected to the position of Clerk of the Superior Court, Lowndes County – which position he held to the time of his death in 1964.