WILLIAM H. REHNQUIST Biography - Crimes, Laws and people


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Name: William Hubbs Rehnquist                                                               
Born: 1 October 1924 Milwaukee, Wisconsin                                                   
Died: 3 September 2005 Arlington, Virginia                                                 
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 and strict constructionist, 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.                                                           
Rehnquist presided as Chief Justice for 19 years, making him the fourth-longest-serving     
Chief Justice after Melville Fuller, Roger Taney and John Marshall, and the                 
longest-serving Chief Justice who had previously served as an Associate Justice.           
The last 11 years of Rehnquist's term as Chief Justice (1994-2005) marked the               
second-longest tenure of one makeup of the Supreme Court.