Born in Barnwell, S.C., February 2, 1852, Clinton Capers Brown attended Washington and Lee University (1868-1870), Furman University (1870-1871), and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1872-1874) and was ordained at Barnwell July 26, 1874.
Following his ordination he became the pastor of First Baptist Church, Sumter, S.C. (1875-1914). He also served as a professor of Latin and mathematics at Sumter Eclectic Female College (1886-1889), and served as a Trustee at Furman University 1893-1898. He received an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Furman in 1896. During his ministry he was prominent in the S.C. Baptist Board for the Relief of Aged and Indigent Ministers (1890-1921) and involved with the Negro Preacher Fund. Brown was also a prolific writer.
Brown was married twice; first to Corrie Montgomery; second to Sallie Walsh. He had six children.