Born in Watertown, South Dakota, South. F. Briggs graduated from South Dakota State College (SDSU).
His first product was a six-cylinder, two-cycle engine, which he developed during an upper level engineering course at SDSU. Eager to produce his engine, he entered the rapidly expanding automobile industry after graduation. Bill Juneau, a coach at South Dakota State, knew of Briggs"s ambition and the entrepreneurial interests of Harold M. Stratton, a successful grain merchant who had a farm next to Juneau"s, and introduced the two to each other.
Fellow Royal Society of Arts. Member of the National Audubon Society, American Ornithologists Union, Photographic Society American.
Married Beatrice Branch, February 10, 1910. Children: Stephen Albro, Barbara (Mistress Robert P. McCulloch), John Newton, James Branch.