Albert MANSFIELD, who is engaged in the practice of law at Redwood City, is one of the able and successful members of the bar of his native county. He was born in the village of Half Moon Bay, San Mateo County, on the 21st of October, 1884, and is a son of Joel H. and Mary Alice (MARTIN) MANSFIELD, the former of whom was born in the City of Baltimore, Maryland, and the latter of whom was born in California, a representative of one of the sterling pioneer families of this state. Joel H. MANSFIELD was reared and educated in his native city, and he was a young man when he subordinated all personal interests to the call of patriotism and went forth as a soldier of the Union in the Civil war. He became a member of the Second Massachusetts Calvary, took part in many engagements and continued in active service during virtually the entire period of the war. In a comparatively short time after the close of his military career Mr. MANSFIELD came to California, where for a time he followed his trade, that of painter. He was a pioneer in the movement to develop the oil industry in San Mateo County, he having been one of the first to sink an oil well here, the supply having been found plentiful and of high grade, but years having elapsed ere through development work was carried forward in this oil district. Joel H. MANSFIELD became one of the influential and highly esteemed citizens of the county at the time of his death, in 1916. He was active in political affairs in the county, and was affiliated with the Grand Army of Republic.
Albert MANSFIELD gained his preliminary education in the public schools of his native county. In preparation for his chosen profession he entered the Hastings College of Law in San Francisco, and in this institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1907. After thus receiving his degree of Bachelor of Laws, with virtually coincident admission to the bar of his native state, he engaged in the practice of law in San Francisco, where he became associated with James H. BUDD, a former governor of California, this professional alliance having continued but a short time, however, as his distinguished confrere died in 1908. Since that year Mr. MANSFIELD has established in successful practice at Redwood City. Here he served ten years as city attorney, and for seven years he held the office of judge of the Police Court.
In 1911, on the 27th of August, was recorded the marriage of Mr. MANSFIELD and Miss Elizabeth P. WINTER, who was born and reared in San Francisco. The children of this union are five in number; Joel A.; Elizabeth R.; Dorothy A.; and Alice and Albert Jr., who are twins. The widowed mother of Mr. MANSFIELD still maintains her home in San Mateo County.
Transcribed by Deana Schultz.
Source: "The San Francisco Bay Region" Vol. 3 page 79-80 by Bailey Millard. Published by The American Historical Society, Inc. 1924.
© 2004 Deana Schultz.