Suffolk County, Massachusetts
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Suffolk County, established by the Massachusetts General Court on May 10, 1643, initially included Boston,
Roxbury, Dorchester, Dedham, Braintree, Weymouth, Hingham and Hull. In 1793, most of the original Suffolk County
except for Boston and Chelsea split off and became Norfolk County. In 1803, Hingham and Hull split off and joined
Plymouth County. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the annexation of adjacent towns to Boston
increased the size of Suffolk County. Suffolk County includes Boston, Chelsea, Winthrop and Revere.
Boston is the seat of Suffolk County.
[source: City of Boston Archives Guide]
Suffolk County is one of four original counties created in Massachusetts in 1643
Like an increasing number of Massachusetts counties, Suffolk County exists today only as a historical geographic
region, and has no county government.
All former county functions were assumed by state agencies in 1999.
Cities and Towns
Boston * Chelsea * Revere * Winthrop
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