1834–1918
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Oc­tober 7, 1834, War­ren, Mas­sa­chu­setts.

Oc­to­ber 18, 1918, High­wood, New Jer­sey.

Bris­tol Cen­ter Cem­e­tery, Can­an­dai­gua, New York.

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Converse at­tend­ed the acad­e­my at El­mi­ra, New York. In 1855, he went to Ger­ma­ny to stu­dy mu­sic un­der Plai­dy, Rich­ter, and Haupt­man, and en­joyed the friends­hips of Franz Liszt and Lou­is Spohr.

He re­ceived his law de­gree in 1861 from Al­ba­ny Un­i­ver­si­ty and in 1895, his LLD from Ruth­er­ford Col­lege. He worked as an at­tor­ney in Er­ie, Penn­syl­van­ia.

He wrote a num­ber of piec­es of mu­sic, in­clud­ing tunes for Ira San­key & Will­iam Brad­bu­ry. His works in­clude:

  1. Give Your­self to Je­sus Whol­ly
  2. God for Us, Our Na­tion’s Hope
  3. Once I Ne­ver Thought of Je­sus
  4. Our Roy­al Christ­mas Gift
  5. Warm Heart of Je­sus, The
  6. Yield Thy Heart to Je­sus
  1. Angel Choir, The
  2. Assembled School, The
  3. Be Good
  4. Beware of Pe­ter’s Word
  5. Blessed Bi­ble, The
  6. Blessed Child­ren
  7. Boys’ and Girls’ De­light, The
  8. Blessings Im­plored
  9. Brother, Rest
  10. Can You Yet De­lay?
  11. Cárdenas
  12. Celestial Lines
  13. Chevy Chase
  14. Childhood’s Sab­bath Home
  15. Children’s Praise
  16. Christ in the Ves­sel
  17. Christian Child­ren
  18. Close of Day, The
  19. Come, Join Our Sab­bath Song
  20. Come, Lit­tle Child­ren
  21. Come to Je­sus, Lit­tle One
  22. Come un­to Me
  23. Come, Wea­ry Souls
  24. Consider the Lil­ies
  25. Do Any Ask Why Child­ren Sing?
  26. Doubting Tho­mas
  27. Erie
  28. Every Bird Can Build Her Nest
  29. Father, For­give
  30. Festal Day
  31. Forbid Them Not
  32. Fourth of Ju­ly
  33. Glowing An­them
  34. God Speed the Right!
  35. Good Tem­per
  36. Good Tid­ings
  37. Grateful Praise
  38. Happy Child­ren
  39. Happy Meet­ing
  40. Happy Spir­it Land, The
  41. He Makes His Mo­ther Sad
  42. Heavenly Choir, The
  43. Heavenly Fa­ther, Grant Thy Bless­ing
  44. Heavenly Sab­bath, The
  45. Heavenward Bound
  46. Hillhurst
  47. Humility of Je­sus
  48. If You Wish to Go to Hea­ven
  49. Jesus Comes to Reign
  50. Jesus Loves Me
  51. Jubilee, The
  52. Just as I Am
  53. Just as Thou Art
  54. Kaunas
  55. Kilauea
  56. Kneeling at the Thresh­old
  57. Lead Me On
  58. Lida
  59. Life’s Voy­age
  60. Linger Not
  61. Little Raindrops
  62. Little Stray­ing Lamb, The
  63. Lord, Is It I?
  64. Martha
  65. Mary’s Tears
  66. Mercy’s Voice
  67. Morning School Song
  68. My Hea­ven­ly Home
  69. My Home Be­yond the Sky
  70. My Na­tive Land
  71. My Shep­herd
  72. O What a Love­ly Sight
  73. Passing Away
  74. Peaceful Shore
  75. Peter’s De­ni­al
  76. Praise of Je­sus, The
  77. Sacred Stream
  78. Semarang
  79. Shepherd Boy, The
  80. Shepherd’s Rest, The
  81. Sherlock
  82. Storm at Sea, The
  83. Summer Days
  84. Sunday Schools, Form!
  85. This Morn­ing, Lord, At­tend
  86. Thy Will Be Done
  87. Trust in God
  88. Try Com­pa­ny, The
  89. Wandering Sheep
  90. Welcome, Sweet Morn
  91. When Friend from Friend Is Part­ing
  92. When I Look Up
  93. While Yet ’Tis Time
  94. Wondrous Sto­ry, The
  95. Why Do You Love the Sun­day School?
  96. Zion’s Nur­se­ry