Mansfield, Richard, Dd
Mansfield, Richard, D.D.
a minister of the Protestant Episcopal Church, was born at New Haven, Connecticut, in 1724. In 1741 he graduated from Yale College, and devoted two years to study as a resident-graduate. For three years, from 1744, he was principal of a grammarschool in New Haven. In 1748 he was ordained in London by the archbishop of Canterbury, and received an appointment from the Society for Propagating the Gospel in Foreign Parts. Returning to America in 1749, he began his missionary work in Derby, Conn., in connection with West Haven, Waterbury, and Northbury, a position which he retained until his death, in April 1820. In 1775 he was compelled to flee for a time from his churches and family to the town of Hempstead, because of his adherence to the English crown. See Sprague, Annals of the Amer. Pulpit, 5:131.