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 1893-1998. He received a 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 (1890s-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.