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Whittier was generally regarded as the most well-known Quaker in America, prompting the founders of Whittier city to select him as the namesake of their new town. The Collection emphasizes the poet’s life as a demonstration of one particularly well-known Quaker mode of living and how it may have influenced the aspirations of the founders of Whittier city and Whittier College.
Harris, Paige, "John Greenleaf Whittier Collection Finding Aid" (2023). Finding Aids. 17.