William Rehnquist

1924 - 2005

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William Hubbs Rehnquist ( REN-kwist; October 1, 1924 – September 3, 2005) was an American lawyer and jurist who served on the Supreme Court of the United States for 33 years, first as an associate justice from 1972 to 1986 and then as the 16th chief justice from 1986 until his death in 2005. Considered an ultra-conservative, Rehnquist favored a conception of federalism that emphasized the Tenth Amendment's reservation of powers to the states. Under this view of federalism, the Court, for the first time since the 1930s (with the exception of National League of Cities v. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Rehnquist has received more than 3,443,044 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 30 in 2019). William Rehnquist is the 44th most popular lawyer (down from 36th in 2019), the 5,093rd most popular biography from United States (down from 4,789th in 2019) and the 8th most popular American Lawyer.

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Among lawyers, William Rehnquist ranks 44 out of 67Before him are Peter Yorck von Wartenburg, Cino da Pistoia, Adrian Năstase, Henry de Bracton, Johann Kaspar Bluntschli, and Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.. After him are Clarence Darrow, Navi Pillay, Louis Brandeis, Michael Cohen, Louise Arbour, and George Hadley.

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Among people born in 1924, William Rehnquist ranks 243Before him are Emmanuel Scheffer, Anthony Caro, Ramón Castro Ruz, Ferdinando Terruzzi, Robert Webber, and Claribel Alegría. After him are František Vláčil, John Love, Qiao Shi, Janet Frame, Benedikt Sigurðsson Gröndal, and Fernando Romeo Lucas García. Among people deceased in 2005, William Rehnquist ranks 173Before him are Maclyn McCarty, Mustai Karim, Attilâ İlhan, Per Borten, Charles David Keeling, and Joe Ranft. After him are John Love, Larry Collins, Julián Marías, Jan Nowak-Jeziorański, Jack Colvin, and Luther Vandross.

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Among people born in United States, William Rehnquist ranks 5,093 out of 15,968Before him are Henry Selick (1952), Elliot See (1927), George Marshall (1891), Robert Webber (1924), Ford Sterling (1883), and Terry Funk (1944). After him are Joseph Leidy (1823), Henry Gibson (1935), Eliza McCardle Johnson (1810), Jim Varney (1949), Mike Wallace (1918), and Frank Schlesinger (1871).

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Among lawyers born in United States, William Rehnquist ranks 8Before him are John F. Kennedy Jr. (1960), Warren Christopher (1925), Bill Gates Sr. (1925), Roy Cohn (1927), Alan Dershowitz (1938), and Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. (1841). After him are Clarence Darrow (1857), Louis Brandeis (1856), Michael Cohen (1966), Wendell Willkie (1892), Lawrence Lessig (1961), and Christopher A. Wray (1966).