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Term: Rehnquist, William H., 1924-2005

Definition: William Hubbs Rehnquist was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on October 1, 1924, to William Benjamin and Margery Peck Rehnquist. The son of a paper salesman, Rehnquist grew up in a conservative household in which popular Republican figures of the day such as Wendell Wilkie and Alf Landon were revered. He attended public schools in Shorewood, a Milwaukee suburb, and spent one year at Kenyon College before joining the U.S. Army Air Force after the outbreak of World War II. From 1943 to 1946, Rehnquist worked as a weather observer in North Africa. Like many people of his generation, Rehnquist finished college with the assistance of the GI Bill, earning both a bachelor and master of arts degrees in political science from Stanford University. Rehnquist continued his education at Harvard University where he received a master's in government. He returned to Stanford Law School in 1950, graduating at the top of his class and ahead of his future colleague, Sandra Day O'Conner, who graduated third. After serving as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, Rehnquist and his wife Natalie Cornell moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Rehnquist engaged in private practice from 1953 to 1969, remaining active in Republican party politics. In 1969, President Nixon appointed Rehnquist as assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel. Two years later, in October 1971, Nixon nominated Rehnquist to be associate justice of the Supreme Court. He was sworn in on January 7, 1971. Nominated by President Reagan, Rehnquist became chief justice on September 26, 1986. Known for his often witty and self-deprecating remarks both in court decisions and public statements, Rehnquist campaigned vigorously to reform criminal procedures and to reduce the number of federal death row appeals. He was an early convert to judicial restraint, and decisions throughout his career reflect his belief that federal courts should leave state affairs to local officials. Rehnquist was the second longest-serving chief justice since Melville Fuller, who died in 1910. Diagnosed with thyroid cancer, Rehnquist continued to work and perform his duties as chief justice until nearly the end.

[Source: Archives of Wisconsin Historical Society Highlights]

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Race, John A. 1914
Radcliffe, John Q. 1920
Radcliffe, Margaret Porter
Radisson, Pierre Esprit 1636 - 1710
Radosevich, Michele G. 1947
Radtke, Randall J. 1951
Rafn, Carl Christian, 1795-1864
Ragueneau, Fr. Paul, 1608-1680
Randall, Clifford Ellsworth 1876 - 1934
Randall, Gov. Alexander W. (1819-1872)
Rankin, Joseph 1833 - 1886
Rankin, Walter Laurie 1841 - 1910
Raskin, Ellen 1928 - 1984
Rasmusen, Holger B. 1894
Read, Sister Joel (Janice) 1926 -
Reaume, Charles 1752 - 1821
Reber, Louis Ehrhart 1858 - 1948
Red Bird, Ho-Chunk chief, 1788 - 1828
Reed, Curtis 1815 - 1895
Reed, George 1807 - 1883
Reed, Harrison 1813 - 1899
Reed, William W. 1825 - 1916
Reese, Oliver William, 1924 - 2005
Reformed Churches in Wisconsin
Reger, Fred C. 1916
Rehnquist, William H., 1924-2005
Reich, Frank Albert 1884 - 1946
Reid, Alexander James 1846 - 1910
Reilly, Michael Kieran 1869 - 1944
Reinsch, Paul Samuel 1869 - 1923
Reuss, Henry S. 1912-2002
Rexford, Eben Eugene 1848 - 1916
Reymert, James De Noon 1821 - 1896
Reynolds, Edwin 1831 - 1909
Reynolds, John W. 1921
Reynolds, Martin L. 1950
Reynolds, Tom 1956
Rhoades, Kitty 1951
Rhode, Paul Peter 1871 - 1945
Rice, Ora R. 1885
Rich, Martin 1835 - 1915
Richards, Harry Sanger 1868 - 1929
Richards, Jon 1963
Richardson, Robert Kimball 1876 - 1952
Riddles, Libby (born 1956)
Riehle, Ben A. 1897
Rigaud de Vaudreuil de Cavagnial, Pierre de, Marqu
Rigaud de Vaudreuil, Philippe de, Marquis de Vaudr
Riley, Antonio R. 1963
Rincker, Leroy Carl 1896 - 1953
Rindisbacher, Peter 1806 - 1834
Ringling [Rungeling], Albert 1852 - 1916
Risser, Fred 1927
Roberts, Virgil 1922
Robertson, Alan S. 1941
Robinson, Charles D. 1822 - 1886
Robinson, John H. 1955
Robinson, Robert P. 1884 - 1953
Robson, Judith Biros
Roessler, Carol A. 1948
Roethe, Henry Edgar 1866 - 1939
Rogers, William J. 1930
Roggensack, Patience Drake 1940
Rohan, Sue 1952
Rohl, Edwin C. 1908
Rohner, Henry 1919
Rolette, [Jean] Joseph 1781 - 1842
Rolle, Dale J. 1923
Rolle, Everett E. 1919
Romell, Louis C. 1899
Rooney, James F. 1935
Root, Eleazer 1802 - 1887
Rose, David Stuart 1856 - 1932
Roseleip, Gordon W. 1912
Rosenzweig, Peggy A. 1936
Roshell, Marvin J. 1932
Ross, Edward Allsworth 1866 - 1951
Ross, John Donald 1841 - 1917
Ross, William 1888 - 1951
Roth, Toby 1938
Rothwell, Angus B. 1905
Rountree, John Hawkins 1805 - 1890
Rubin, Ben 1887 - 1942
Rublee, Horace 1829 - 1896
Rude, Brian D. 1955
Rueping [Ruping], William ["Heinrich","Wilhelm"] 1
Ruger, Gen. Thomas H. (1833-1907)
Rusk, Gov. Jeremiah M. (1830-1893)
Russell, Harry Luman 1866 - 1954
Russians in Wisconsin
Rusy, Benjamin Franklin 1894 - 1953
Rutkowski, James A. 1942
Ryan, Edward George 1810 - 1880
Ryan, Mark W. 1924
Ryan, Paul 1970
Ryan, Samuel [Jr.] 1824 - 1907
Ryba, John Joseph 1929
Ryczek, Ervin John 1909

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