Member Biography

William Douglas Mansfield Sr.

Sessions Office Position District Party
1923-1924       44 Republican
1925-1926       44 Republican
1927-1928       44 Republican
1929-1930       44 Republican
1931-1932       44 Republican
1933-1934       44 Republican

COUNTIES: Allegheny  


03/06/1878 - 10/06/1952

William Douglass Mansfield, Sr. (R44) Allegheny (Part) County 1923-1934

Early Life:

William Douglass Mansfield, Sr., born March 6, 1878, Elizabeth Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; son of James McDonald Mansfield and Helen M. Douglass Mansfield; grew up on a farm; public schools, Elizabeth Townships, South Versailles Townships; McKeesport Business College, 1896; engaged, real estate, insurance business, 1901; director, First National Bank of McKeesport; director,  Watson Paint and Glass Company, Youngstown, Ohio; president, Electric Battery Service Company; Detroit, Michigan; elected, alderman, Fourth Ward, McKeesport, 1902, three consecutive terms; city treasurer, McKeesport, 1916-1917; chaired, Republican, City-County Executive Committee, 1921-1922; elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 1923-1934; purchased, editor, McKeesport Daily News, 1925; elected, commissioner, Allegheny County; married, Margaret Butler Mansfield, son, William Douglas Mansfield, Jr.; died, October 6, 1952, (age 74), McKeesport, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; Mount Vernon Cemetery, Elizabeth, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Elected, alderman, Fourth Ward, McKeesport, 1902, three consecutive terms. 

City treasurer, McKeesport, 1916-1917.

Chaired, Republican City-County Executive Committee, 1921-1922.

Elected, Republican, Pennsylvania State Senate, 44th district, Allegheny (Part) County, 1923-1934; committee assignments, Education, Exposition Affairs, Legislative Apportionment, Library, Mines and Mining, Municipal Affairs, Public Grounds and Buildings, Public Health and Sanitation, Public Printing, Public Roads and Highways.


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members M"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

The Pennsylvania Manual, (1923-1924). Whitmore, R.E., (Compiler). Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 984, 989, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 963.

William Douglass Mansfield (1878-1952) - Find a Grave Memorial