Bryan, W. S. Plumer was born on August 30, 1856 in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Samuel S. and Kate (Plumer) Bryan.
Bachelor of Arts, Davidson College, North Carolina, 1875, A.M., 1878. Graduate Columbia Theological Seminary, 1878. Doctor of Divinity, Centre College, Kentucky, 1892.
Ordained Presbyterian ministry, 1878. Pastor chs. in Randolph County, West Virginia, 1878-1887, Presbyterian Church, Asheville, North Carolina, 1887-1892, 2d Church, Cincinnati, O., 1892-1895, Church of the Covenant, Chicago, February 1, 1895. Lecturer on the Smyth Foundation, Columbia Theological Seminary, 1917.