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William Hubbs Rehnquist
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16th Chief Justice of the United States
In office
September 26, 1986 – September 3, 2005
Nominated by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Warren E. Burger
Succeeded by John Roberts
Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court
In office
January 7, 1972 – September 26, 1986
Nominated by Richard Nixon
Preceded by John Marshall Harlan II
Succeeded by Antonin Scalia
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Alma mater Stanford University,
Harvard University

William Hubbs Rehnquist (October 1, 1924 – September 3, 2005) was an American lawyer, jurist, and a political figure who served as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States and later as the Chief Justice of the United States. Considered a conservative, Rehnquist favored a federalism under which the states meaningfully exercised governmental power. Under this view of federalism, the Supreme Court of the United States, for the first time since the 1930s, struck down an Act of Congress as exceeding federal power under the Commerce Clause.

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