Richard Nixon was a product of the Pacific rim. Born in nearby Yorba Linda, CA, he lived and worked in the City of Whittier, attended Whittier High School and Whittier College, and met his wife Pat during a production of the community theater.
He grew up never far from citrus groves, oil derricks, and cooling breezes off the Pacific Ocean. Like so many other immigrants, Nixon’s transplanted Quaker ancestors found Southern California’s Mediterranean climate a fine place to sink new roots. He remembered the diversity of both city and college as a hallmark of local life.
To learn more about Nixon’s connections with the city, click on Nixon’s Whittier in brief.
Nixon acted in Whittier’s community theater. This program (left) for an Ayn Rand play lists Nixon’s role as a district attorney.
The Nixon Library has more about Nixon’s life, click on Lots more.
To trace Nixon’s presence in Southern California, including many Whittier locations, click on Nixon on the map.
It’s not clear exactly where Nixon acquired his taste for meatloaf, but perhaps it can be traced to a table in Whittier. In any event, popular history, reinforced by a book published by White House executive chef Henry Haller, now insists that the hamburger-based, down-to-earth meal, particularly the recipe of Pat Nixon, put a smile on the president’s face and a fork in his eager hand.