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William Rehnquist
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16th Chief Justice of the United States
In office
September 25, 1986 – September 3, 2005
Nominated by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Warren E. Burger
Succeeded by John Roberts
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
In office
December 15, 1971 – September 26, 1986
Nominated by Richard Nixon
Preceded by John Harlan
Succeeded by Antonin Scalia
United States Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel
In office
January 29, 1969 – December 1971
President Richard Nixon
Preceded by Frank Wozencraft
Succeeded by Ralph Erickson
Personal details
William Hubbs Rehnquist

(1924-10-01)October 1, 1924
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died September 3, 2005(2005-09-03) (aged 80)
Arlington, Virginia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Nan Cornell
(m. 1953; died 1991)
Children 3
Education Stanford University (BA, MA, LLB)
Harvard University (MA)
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army
Years of service 1943–1946
Battles/wars World War II

William Hubbs Rehnquist (October 1, 1924 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin – September 3, 2005 in Arlington, Virginia) was an American lawyer, jurist, and a political figure. He was 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.


  • William H. Rehnquist (2004). The Centennial Crisis: The Disputed Election of 1876. Knopf Publishing Group. ISBN: 0-375-41387-1.
  • William H. Rehnquist (1998). All the Laws but One : Civil Liberties in Wartime. William Morrow & Co. ISBN: 0-688-05142-1.
  • William H. Rehnquist (1992). Grand Inquests: The Historic Impeachments of Justice Samuel Chase and President Andrew Johnson. Knopf Publishing Group. ISBN: 0-679-44661-3.
  • William H. Rehnquist (1987). The Supreme Court: How It Was, How It Is. William Morrow & Co. ISBN: 0-688-05714-4.
    • Revised edition: William H. Rehnquist (2001). The Supreme Court: A new edition of the Chief Justice's classic history. Knopf Publishing Group. ISBN: 0-375-40943-2.

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