Arthur Bryan was born June 7, 1875, on a farm in Barnwell County, South Carolina. He worked his way through Clemson College and received a bachelor's degree in 1898 in science and agriculture. He then earned a second bachelor's degree in literature from George Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn.
He returned to Clemson in 1901, and was associated with the college for 45 years until his retirement. He spent his first 17 years at Clemson as an English teacher.
In 1918, he organized an agricultural publications department at Clemson, where he was responsible for bulletins, news articles and newsletters in agriculture.
He retired in 1947, and continued to write, speak and travel until his death on May 15, 1959 at the age of 83.