William Rehnquist

William Rehnquist
Chief Justice

Judicial Offices:
Nominated Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by President Nixon on October 21, 1971; affirmed by a 68-26 Senate vote. Sworn in on January 7, 1972. Nominated Chief Justice of the United States by President Reagan on June 17, 1986; affirmed by a 65-33 Senate vote on September 25, 1986 and sworn in on September 26, 1986. As Chief Justice, Rehnquist serves as Chairman of the Judicial Conference of the United States and as Chairman of the Federal Judicial Center.

William Hubbs Rehnquist was born October 1, 1924, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of William Benjamin Rehnquist, a paper salesman, and Margery Peck Rehnquist. Rehnquist married Natalie Cornell of San Diego, California, and had 3 children: James in 1955, Janet in 1957, and Nancy in 1959. The family is a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Bethesda, Maryland.

Rehnquist attended public elementary and high schools in Shorewood, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. Following his service in the air force during WWII, Rehnquist attended Stanford University, where he earned a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science in 1948; he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1948. He continued his education at Harvard University where he earned another M.A. in Government in 1950. He then returned to Stanford University to earn his LL.B.; he graduated first in his class in 1952.

Law Clerkship:
Rehnquist served as a clerk to honorable Justice Robert H. Jackson, Supreme Court of the United States, February 1952-June 1953.

Law Practice:
Private practice of law, Phoenix, Arizona, 1953-1969. Engaged in a general practice of law with primary emphasis on civil litigation.

Government Service:
Served in the United States Army Air Corps in this country and overseas from 1943 to 1946. He was discharged with the rank of sergeant. Appointed Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel, by President Nixon in January 1969.

Political Battles for Judicial Independence (1975); Sunshine in the Third Branch (1977); Constitutional Law and Public Opinion (1986); The Supreme Court: The Way It Was - the Way It Is (1987); Grand Inquests (1992)."

Other Activities:
Rehnquist was active in professional, civic, and church affairs while living in Phoenix, Arizona. He was also a regular contributor of articles on legal subjects to various periodicals.

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