William J. Scanlan

William J. Scanlan (February 14, 1856 – February 18, 1898) was a composer and actor of musical theater.[1]

William J. Scanlan
W. J. Scanlan in 1892
Born(1856-02-14)February 14, 1856
DiedFebruary 18, 1898(1898-02-18) (aged 42)
OccupationComposer, actor


William J. Scanlan was born to parents of Irish ancestry in Springfield, Massachusetts. After completing the 100th performance of his musical show Mavourneen on December 24, 1891, he became violently ill. He was taken to Bloomingdale Insane Asylum in White Plains, New York, on January 7, 1892. He died there on February 18, 1898.[1]


  1. Brown, Thomas Allston (1903). A History of the New York Stage: From the First Performance in 1732 to 1901. 2. New York: Dodd, Mead and Company. pp. 504–505.

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