Born: October 7, 1834, Warren, Massachusetts.
Died: October 18, 1918, Highwood, New Jersey.
Buried: Bristol Center Cemetery, Canandaigua, New York.
Converse attended the academy at Elmira, New York. In 1855, he went to Germany to study music under Plaidy, Richter, and Hauptman, and was a friend of Franz Liszt and Louis Spohr.
He received his law degree in 1861 from Albany University and his LLD from Rutherford College in 1895. He worked as an attorney in Erie, Pennsylvania.
He wrote a number of pieces of music, including tunes for Ira Sankey & William Bradbury.