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Mansfield is named for Rhode Islander Asa Mann, who arrived in 1800. He promptly cleared about twenty-five acres, divided them into building lots, and by 1804 was running a store, inn, and distillery. Mansfield became a borough in 1857 but never grew much in spite of being at the intersection of two of the region's principal roads that had already been built at the time of Mann's arrival. What became U.S. 15 carried settlers north toward New York's Finger Lakes, and the path of the present U.S. 6 led westward. Mansfield remains a very small town. Its largest employer is Mansfield University of Pennsylvania.

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George E. Thomas

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