Florence, William J.

William J. FlorenceWilliam Jermyn Conlin (July 26, 1831 – November 19, 1891) better known by his stage name William J. Florence, was an actor, songwriter, and playwright. Florence was one of a select number of Americans to win the ribbon of the French Societe Histoire Dramatique. He was also co-founder with Walter M. Fleming of the Shriners, a Masonic Order. Florence was elected to The Lambs in 1877 or 1878. He was the fourth Shepherd of the club, serving from 1882-1884.