Frederick Mansfield

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Frederick Mansfield
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46th Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts
In office
Preceded by James Michael Curley
Succeeded by Maurice J. Tobin
38th Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts
In office
Preceded by Elmer A. Stevens
Succeeded by Charles L. Burrill
Majority 17,002[1]
Personal details
Born March 26, 1877[2]
East Boston, Massachusetts
Died November 6, 1958(1958-11-06) (aged 81)[3][4]
Boston, Massachusetts
Resting place Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Helen Elizabeth Roe (June 29, 1904)[2]
Children Walter R. Mansfield
Alma mater Boston University School of Law
Religion Roman Catholic[2][5]
Military service
Service/branch United States Navy
Years of service 1898
Unit USS Vulcan[2]
Battles/wars Spanish American War[2]

Frederick William Mansfield (March 26, 1877 – November 6, 1958) was an American politician and 46th Mayor of Boston.

Early life[edit]

Mansfield was born in East Boston, Massachusetts,[2] March 26, 1877.[2] Mansfield was the son of Michael Read Mansfield and Catherine (McDonough)[2] Mansfield.

Mansfield graduated from East Boston High School in 1894, and went on to Boston University School of Law[2] where he received a L.L.B. degree in 1902.[2]

Mansfield served as an apothecary[2] in the U.S. Navy on the USS Vulcan during the Spanish American War.[2] After working as a pharmacist, Mansfield was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1902 [2] he worked as an Attorney.[2]

Political career[edit]

In 1913 Mansfield was elected Treasurer and Receiver General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts serving from 1914-1915. In 1914 Mansfield lost his bid for reelection to Charles L. Burrill.[6]

Mansfield was the Mayor of Boston from 1934 to 1938.

Personal life[edit]

Mansfield married Helen Elizabeth Roe on June 29, 1904.[2] Mansfield's son, Walter Roe Mansfield,[7] was born on July 1, 1911.[8]


Mansfield died in St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, November 6, 1958. He was buried in Holyhood Cemetery in Brookline, Massachusetts.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Hennessy, Michael Edmund (1917), Twenty-five Years of Massachusetts Politics: from Russell to McCall, 1890-1915, Boston, Ma: Practical Politics, p. 349. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o Marquis, Albert Nelson (1915), Who's who in New England, Chicago, IL: University Press of New England, p. 718 
  3. ^ Beaver Valley Times (November 12, 1958), Last of City Political Bosses Dies, Beaver, PA: The Beaver Valley Times, p. 2. 
  4. ^ New York Times (November 7, 1958), F. W. MANSFIELD, CURLEY FOE, DIES; Ex-Mayor of Boston Served 1933-37--Lawyer Aided Catholic Archdiocese, New York, NY: The New York Times, p. 28. 
  5. ^ O'Connor, Thomas H. (1998), Boston Catholics: A History of the Church and Its People, Lebanon, New Hampshire: University Press of New England, p. 231, ISBN 1-55553-359-0 
  6. ^ Coolidge, Henry D. (1915), A Manual for the Use of the General Court, Boston, MA: Massachusetts General Court, p. 426. 
  7. ^ Hevesi, Dennis (January 8, 1987), William R. Mansfield, Federal Judge is Dead at 75, New York, NY: The New York Times. 
  8. ^ Walter R. Mansfield, at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges (accessed January 22, 2009).


  • Hevesi, Dennis.: William R. Mansfield, Federal Judge is Dead at 75, New York Times (January 8, 1987).
Political offices
Preceded by
Elmer A. Stevens
Treasurer and Receiver General,
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Succeeded by
Charles L. Burrill
Preceded by
James Michael Curley
Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts
Succeeded by
Maurice Tobin