Born on March 23, 1881 in Brooklyn, New York, he graduated from St. Lawrence University in 1904 with a BA and was ordained in 1906. He served as minister at the Universalist Church in Mont Vernon, New York from 1906-1911, Grace Universalist Church in Lowell, Massachusetts from 1911-1914, and the First Universalist Church of Medford, Massachusetts from 1917-1920. Clarence Skinner was on faculty at Crane Theological School, Tufts University as Professor of Applied Christianity from 1914-1933, and served as Dean from 1933-1945.  He wrote several books that had a substantial influence on Universalism in America in the twentieth century: The Social Implication of Universalism in 1915, A Religion for Greatness in 1945, and, posthumously, Worship and a Well Ordered Life published in 1959. The Unitarian Universalist Association's Skinner House Books imprint is named after him. Clarence Skinner died in 1949.