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date: 19 September 2020

Rehnquist, William Hubbslocked

(01 October 1924–03 September 2005)
  • Mark V. Tushnet


Rehnquist, William Hubbs (01 October 1924–03 September 2005), sixteenth chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of William Benjamin Rehnquist, a paper salesman whose parents were immigrants from Sweden, and Margery Peck Rehnquist. Rehnquist grew up in nearby Shorewood and graduated from high school in 1942. He briefly attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, and then served in the U.S. Army from 1943 until 1946, in positions associated with meteorology that led him to a lifelong interest in weather and geography. Discharged from the army, Rehnquist attended Stanford University, where he received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in political science. After attending Harvard University, where he received an additional master's degree in government, Rehnquist returned to Stanford as a law student, where one of his classmates was the future Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor. His success there led to a clerkship with the Supreme Court justice ...

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