Mansfield, a town of Tolland co., Connecticut, on the New London Northern railroad, 25 m. E. of Hartford; pop. in 1870, 2,401. It is bounded W. by the Willimantic river, and is intersected by the Natchaug and its branches. Mansfield is chiefly noted for the manufacture of silk goods, containing eight establishments. There are also a manufactory of cotton goods, one of spool thread, and one of machinery. It was formerly noted for the growing of raw silk, which was introduced nearly 100 years ago; but little is now produced. Mansfield is the seat of the state soldiers' orphans' home, and contains 7 post offices, 16 schools, and 4 churches.
Mansfield, a city and the capital of Richland co., Ohio, situated near the centre of the county, 65 m. N. by E. of Columbus; pop. in 1850, 3,557; in 186.0, 4,581; in 1870, 8,029. It is compactly built on a beautiful and commanding elevation in the midst of a fertile and populous region. It has a number of handsome public buildings, including several of the churches and school houses, and the court house, which cost $227,000. Many of the residences are elegant and surrounded by spacious grounds. Four railroads intersect here: the Sandusky, Mansfield, and Newark; the Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, and Chicago; the Atlantic and Great Western; and the Mansfield, Coldwater, and Lake Michigan. The wholesale trade is important, amounting to about $5,000,000 a year. The annual value of manufactures is about $3,000,000, the principal articles being threshing machines, saw mill and foundery products, machinery, woollens, paper, boilers, carriages, furniture, flour, etc. There are three national banks, a state bank, an insurance company, water works on the Holly system, five public school houses, four weekly newspapers (one German), a library of 3,500 volumes, and 15 churches.