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 in 1797 from the town of Stoughton, Massachusetts. The name "Canton" comes from the early belief that Canton, China was on the complete opposite side of the earth (antipodal). 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.