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

Frederick Mansfield
Frederick William Mansfield.png
46th Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts
In office
January 1, 1934[1] – January 3, 1938[2]
Preceded byJames Michael Curley
Succeeded byMaurice J. Tobin
38th Treasurer and Receiver-General of Massachusetts
In office
GovernorDavid I. Walsh
Preceded byElmer A. Stevens
Succeeded byCharles L. Burrill
Personal details
BornMarch 26, 1877[4]
East Boston, Massachusetts
DiedNovember 6, 1958(1958-11-06) (aged 81)[5][6]
Boston, Massachusetts
Resting placeHolyhood Cemetery in Brookline, Massachusetts
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Helen Elizabeth Roe (June 29, 1904)[4]
ChildrenWalter R. Mansfield
Alma materBoston University School of Law
Military service
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
Years of service1898
UnitUSS Vulcan[4]
Battles/warsSpanish–American War[4]


Early lifeEdit

Mansfield was born in East Boston, Massachusetts,[4] March 26, 1877.[4] Mansfield was the son of Michael Read Mansfield and Catherine (McDonough)[4] Mansfield.

Mansfield graduated from East Boston High School in 1894, and went on to Boston University School of Law,[4] where he received a L.L.B. degree in 1902.[4]

Mansfield served as an apothecary[4] in the U.S. Navy on the USS Vulcan during the Spanish–American War.[4] After working as a pharmacist, Mansfield was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1902;[4] he worked as an attorney.[4]

Political careerEdit

In 1913, Mansfield was elected treasurer and receiver general of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts serving from 1914 to 1915. In 1914, he lost his bid for re-election to Charles L. Burrill.[8] He was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Massachusetts in 1916 and 1917.[9]

Mansfield ran for Mayor of Boston twice. He finished second to James Michael Curley in November 1929, then topped a field of six candidates in November 1933. He served as mayor from 1934 to 1938, and was not eligible to run for re-election, as Massachusetts law at the time did not allow the Mayor of Boston to serve consecutive terms.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Mansfield married Helen Elizabeth Roe on June 29, 1904.[4] Mansfield's son, Walter Roe Mansfield,[11] was born on July 1, 1911.[12]


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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "MANSFIELD TO TAKE OATH THIS MORNING". The Boston Globe. January 1, 1934. p. 20. Retrieved March 16, 2018 – via
  2. ^ "Tobin Becomes Mayor Today, Notables to Attend Ceremony". The Boston Globe. January 3, 1938. p. 1. Retrieved March 16, 2018 – via
  3. ^ Hennessy, Michael Edmund (1917), Twenty-five Years of Massachusetts Politics: from Russell to McCall, 1890-1915, Boston, Ma: Practical Politics, p. 349.
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ Beaver Valley Times (November 12, 1958), Last of City Political Bosses Dies, Beaver, PA: The Beaver Valley Times, p. 2.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ Coolidge, Henry D. (1915), A Manual for the Use of the General Court, Boston, MA: Massachusetts General Court, p. 426.
  9. ^ "Mansfield, Frederick W." March 16, 2018.
  10. ^ "REPORT BILL TO STOP CONSECUTIVE TERMS". The Boston Globe. February 26, 1918. p. 6. Retrieved March 12, 2018 – via
  11. ^ Hevesi, Dennis (January 8, 1987), William R. Mansfield, Federal Judge is Dead at 75, New York, NY: The New York Times.
  12. ^ 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