T. Semmes Walmsley was born in New Orleans, June 10, 1889, the son of Sylvester Pierce Walmsley
and Myra E. Semmes, members of old and highly honored New Orleans’ families. His father was a prominent cotton factor
and his grandfather, Robert N. Walmsley, was for years President of the Louisiana National Bank.
He was educated at Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama, afterwards taking a course of law at Tulane at University, from which
he graduated with honors in June 1912. During college days he was an outstanding athlete, achieving much fame as captain and
halfback of the football teams of 1909-10-11. He was one of the few four letter men Tulane ever had and the only one to ever
receive fourteen varsity letters.