Place:Canton, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States

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NameCanton
Alt namesDorchester Villagesource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS25005306
Punkapoagsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS25005306
South Cantonsource: USGS, GNIS Digital Gazetteer (1994) GNIS25005306
TypeTown
Coordinates42.15°N 71.133°W
Located inNorfolk, Massachusetts, United States
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Canton is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 21,561 at the 2010 census. Canton is part of Greater Boston, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southwest of downtown Boston.

History

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Canton was officially incorporated on February 23, 1797 from the town of Stoughton, Massachusetts. The name "Canton" was suggested by Elijah Dunbar and comes from the early belief that Canton, China was on the complete opposite side of the earth (antipodal). In addition to being a prominent Canton citizen, Elijah Dunbar was the first President of the Stoughton Musical Society from 1786 to 1808. This is now the oldest choral society in the United States [1].

Paul Revere built the nation's first Copper Rolling Mill in Canton in 1801. His poem entitled "Canton Dale" expresses his affection for the town. Canton is the birthplace of the Rising Sun Stove Polish Company, founded by Elijah Morse, a wealthy merchant and creator of the pot-belly stove.

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