Clarence Larkin was born October 28, 1850, in Chester, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. He was converted to Christ at the age of 19. Clarence Larkin was a mechanical engineer, teacher and manufacturer by trade.
In 1884, at the age of 34, Clarence Larkin became an ordained Baptist minister. He was not a premillennialist at the time of his ordination, but his study of the Scriptures, with the help of some books that fell into his hands, led him to adopt the premillennialist position. Clarence Larkin began to make large wall charts, which he titled, "Prophetic Truth," for use in the pulpit. He spent three years of his life designing and drawing the charts and preparing the text for his most noteworthy book "Dispensational Truth." Clarence Larkin followed this masterpiece with other books. He went to be with the Lord on January 24, 1924.