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William Hubbs Rehnquist (1924-2005)

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Biographical Data

Birth, Residence, and Family
Born October 1, 1924, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the son of William Benjamin Rehnquist and Margery Peck Rehnquist. Married Natalie Cornell of San Diego, California; Children: James, born 1955, Janet, born 1957; Nancy, born 1959. The family are members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Bethesda, Maryland.
Attended public elementary and high schools in Shorewood, Wisconsin, a suburb of Milwaukee. Stanford University, B.A., M.A. 1948; Phi Beta Kappa; Harvard University, M.A., 1950; Stanford University, LL.B., 1952; Order of the Coif.
Law Clerkship
Clerk to 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. Discharged with the rank of sergeant. Appointed Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Counsel, by President Nixon in January 1969.
Judicial Offices
Nominated Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by President Nixon on October 21, 1971; sworn in on January 7, 1972.

Nominated Chief Justice of the United States by President Reagan on June 17, 1986; sworn in on September 26, 1986.

Other Activities
Active in professional, civic, and church affairs while living in Phoenix. Contributor of articles on legal subjects to various periodicals.

Source: U.S. Supreme Court