Note: I am not researching this family - it is part of a transcription project.Beth Hurd
"Illustrated History of Pawtucket, Central Falls and Vicinity" (Rhode Island, USA)
by Henry R. Caufield, 1897
"Biographies of Prominent Citizens"
p. 373 - 374:
"LITTLEFIELD, Daniel Greene, was born in North Kingstown, R. I., Nov. 23, 1822, and was the third son of John and Deborah (Himes) Littlefield, who had a family of eleven children.The first ancestor of the family in America was Edmund Littlefield, an Englishman, who came to Boston in 1637, and two of whom descendants, Caleb and Nathaniel, settled on Block Island in 1721.The Littlefields have always been numerous and prominent in Block Island and in Southern Rhode Island.Daniel G. Littlefield's father was born in South Kingstown, July 15, 1798, and his mother at North Kingstown, March 30, the same year, and they were married March 11, 1816.They removed to Scituate, R. I., about 1828, and there Daniel, at the age of eight, went to work in the Jackson cotton mill, which was one of the first factories started in Pawtuxet valley.From that early age until he reached manhood he worked in cotton and woolen mills and machine shops, and advanced through all grades from bobbin boy to superintendent.
In 1846 he assisted in starting a cotton mill in the village of Florence,in the town of Northampton, Mass.For two years he was in the dry goods business at Northampton Centre, but fire destroyed his store and he then assisted in establishing a cotton mill at Haydenville which he managed for two years.Closing his engagement in the mill he started at Haydenville in company with his brothers George L. and Alfred H., a country variety store, but sold out in a short time.He then became salesman and agent for the cotton mill of Hayden & Sanders, disposing of the goods in New York, and elsewhere.Returning to Florence in 1856 he engaged in the manufacture of daguerrotype cases and sewing machines, and became president of the Florence Sewing Machine Co.He remained in Florence until 1863.In 1861 and 1862 he represented Northampton in the Massachusetts legislature.
At the solicitation of his brothers and several prominent manufacturers and capitalists, Mr. Littlefield came to Pawtucket in 1863 and assumed charge of the Pawtucket Hair Cloth Co.The large mill at Central Falls was built and all the machinery set up under his direction.Although he had only intended to remain a year in Pawtucket, as he had large business interest in Florence and elsewhere, the prosperity of the new company under his management was so great that he finally concluded to remain permanently.His subsequent life was chiefly identified with the development of industries in his new home, and by his inventive genius, his mechanical skill and his business ability, he contributed greatly to the success of many enterprises.
In 1865 he went to Europe in the interest of the Hair Cloth Co., and made similar trips in 1866, 1868, 1871 and 1872, visiting all the principal countries of Europe, and making a long sojourn in Southern Russia at the great horse hair market of the world.Each time he returned with valuable information which enabled the company to greatly increase its business.In 1878 he was honorary commissioner from Rhode Island to the Paris Exposition, and served as juror on small and fine machinery.In politics Mr. Littlefield was originally a Whig, but he became a Republican at the time of the formation of that party.He was elected by the General Assembly lieutenant governor of Rhode Island in 1889, and served for one year.He died May 31, 1891, universally respected, full of years and honors.At the time of his death he was president of the Providence County Savings Bank; the Pawtucket Hair Cloth Co.; the Royal Weaving Co., the building and machinery of which had been erected under his direct supervison; the J. M. Carpenter Tap & Die Co.; the Cumberland Mills Co.; the James Davis Belting Co.; the Florence Manufacturing Co., and the Florence Machine Co., of Florence, Massachusetts.
Mr. Littlefield was twice married, and his second wife and a son and daughter survive him.He was a member and a trustee of the Pawtucket Congregational Society and was a liberal provider for the support of the church and society.His residence in Central Falls, corner of Broad and Central streets, was one of the finest mansions in the community.In personal appearance Mr. Littlefield was a magnificent specimen of manhood.He was more than six feet in height, of massive figure, but not corpulent.He was, notwithstanding his eminent business success, a modest, unassuming, approachable man, kindly and considerate."
from the RI Historical Cemeteries Database Index:
LITTLEFIELD, DANIEL GREENE1822- 31 MAY 1891PV003