The New International Encyclopædia/Whitney, Mount
WHITNEY, Mount. A peak of the Sierra Nevada (q.v.), in eastern California, in about latitude 36° 35' N., and longitude 113° 17' W. (Map: California, D 3). It is the highest mountain in the United States, exclusive of Alaska, having an altitude of 14,898 feet. Its eastern slope, which rises nearly 11,000 feet above the valley, is very precipitous. The mountain was named for Professor Josiah Dwight Whitney.