What Are Some Interesting Facts About Whittier, California?


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Located 12 miles southeast of Los Angeles, the city of Whittier, California, was founded in 1898 by people of the Quaker religion. The city was named for the Quaker poet John Greenleaf Whittier and is home to Whittier College, from which Richard Nixon graduated in 1934.

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In addition to the 37th president of the United States, the city of 85,000 can claim other famous residents through the years. These include Nomar Garciaparra, Major League Baseball player; Shirley Babashoff, winner of eight Olympic swimming medals; George Allen, former senator and governor of Virginia; and Jessamyn West, the wife of President Herbert Hoover and author of "The Friendly Persuasion."

Whittier High School was used in the filming of the Michael J. Fox movies, "Back to the Future" and "Back to the Future Part II." Other Whittier locations can be seen in "Hocus Pocus," "Father of the Bride Part II," "Blow" and "Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines."

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