Located in the southern part of the state of California and a city in Los Angeles County, it sits at the southeast city center of Los Angeles at the foot of the Puente Hills. It was a part of the Rancho Pao de Bartolo Viejo land grant, and the same site was chosen in 1887 to become a Quaker community and then named after the Quaker poet and abolitionist John Greenleaf Whittier. The city was then developed as an agricultural, based largely on citrus-growing, the center was then later expanded to become part of the rowing Los Angeles metropolitan area. In 1887, the Whittier College was established as Whittier Academy - the alma mater of President Richard Nixon. The Pio Pico State Historic Park, which includes the restored mansion of Pio Pico, the last Mexican governor of California, was partially restored by the city to include as one of its historical establishments and buildings.
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