From 1860 when the area was first settled until 1890, Mansfield operated without elected officials. The only government was the city’s marshal and the justice of the peace. The city’s first municipal election was held Sept. 27, 1890, just one month after incorporation. Newton C. Pyles was elected mayor, defeating Joseph Nugent and J.N. Thomas. A.B. Pyles, E.F. Chrisman and J.W. Yeates were elected aldermen. No records on elections in the years after incorporation are available until 1904.