Brenton, Cranston was born on November 20, 1874 in Jamaica, New York, United States. Son of Benjamin Jahleel and Orvetta (Hall) Brenton.
Bachelor of Science, Trinity College, Connecticut, 1899, Master of Science, 1902. Graduate Berkeley Division School, Connecticut, 1901.
1 son, William. Superintendent manufacturing business, New York City, 1891-1896. Deacon, 1901, priest, 1902, Protestant Episcopal Church. Rector All Saints Memorial Church, New Milford, Connecticut, 1901-1904.
Assistant Professor of English, Trinity College, 1904-1906, Professor of English language and literature, 1906-1914. Executive secretary Social Service Commission, Diocese of New York, February-October 1914. New York war relief director, American Red Cross, October 1914-November 1915.
Chairman National Board of Review of Motion Pictures, July 1915-May 1918. With Young Men’s Christian Association in charge personnel division of the United Kingdom, headquarters London, May 1918-May 1919. Sacrist and comptroller, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City, 1926-1931.