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Its county seat is
Dedham. The county was named after the
English county of the same name with the meaning "northern
folk". Two towns, Cohasset and Brookline, are exclaves.
Massachusetts was created on March 26, 1793 by legislation
signed by Gov. John Hancock. Most of the towns were originally
part of Suffolk County, Massachusetts. The towns of Dorchester
and Roxbury were part of Norfolk County when it was created
but, as Boston annexed each town, they became part of Suffolk
County again. Hingham and Hull were originally part of the
Norfolk County legislation but petitioned to remain in Suffolk
county and in June 1793 their removal to Norfolk county was
repealed. Later, in 1803, they were moved into Plymouth
County, Massachusetts. The county is the birthplace of four
Presidents of the United States (John Adams, John Quincy
Adams, John F. Kennedy, and George H.W. Bush), resulting in
the moniker "County of Presidents."
Avon incorporated 1888 from
Bellingham incorporated 1719 from
Braintree founded 1640.
1705 from Boston.
Canton incorporated 1797 from
Cohasset incorporated 1770 from
Dedham founded 1636. (County seat).
incorporated 1784 from Dedham.
Foxborough incorporated 1778
Franklin incorporated 1778.
Medfield incorporated 1651 from
Medway incorporated 1713 from Medfield.
incorporated 1885 from Medway.
Needham incorporated 1711 from Dedham.
incorporated 1870 from Wrentham.
Plainville incorporated 1905 from Wrentham.
incorporated 1792 from Braintree.
1793 from Braintree.
Sharon incorporated 1765 from
Stoughton incorporated 1726 from
Walpole incorporated 1724 from
Wellesley incorporated 1881 from
Westwood incorporated 1897 from
Weymouth founded 1635.
1673 from Dedham.
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