Canton, Massachusetts

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Canton is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, United States. The population was 20,775 at the 2000 census. Canton is part of Greater Boston, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southwest of downtown Boston.



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).[1] In addition to being a prominent Canton citizen, Elijah Dunbar was also 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 there in 1801 and wrote the poem entitled Canton Dale about his affection for the town. Canton is also the birthplace of the Rising Sun Stove Polish Company founded by Elijah Morse, a wealthy merchant, creator of the pot-belly stove.


Canton is the headquarters of Reebok, Dunkin' Donuts, Computershare (North American HQ), Organogenesis, Inc., Interpolymer Corporation, OneBeacon Insurance, Casual Male Retail Group, and formerly, Tweeter.


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