1986-2005, 16th Chief Justice, Supreme Court, William Rehnquist


This U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist History Mug is one of a collection of U.S. Supreme Court biographical mugs.  An image of William Rehnquist and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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William Rehnquist served in the Army Air Corps during WW II.  He was a legal advisor to the 1964 Barry Goldwater presidential campaign.  In 1972, President Richard Nixon nominated him as an associate justice to the Supreme Court.  In 1986,  President Regan nominated him as the 16th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.  Thus serving as associate justice from 1972-1986, followed by Chief Justice from 1986-2005. Rehnquist took a narrow view of the Fourteenth Amendment and a broad view of state power in domestic policy.  He opposed Roe v. Wade (1973) and in Bush v. Gore voted to end the Florida recount in the 2000 presidential election.  Liberals on the Court found it hard not to like the good-natured Rehnquist.

US Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest federal court of the United States, established in 1788 pursuant to Article Three of the U.S. Constitution.  It has the ultimate jurisdiction over all federal and state court cases involving federal laws.  The Court normally consists of the Chief Justice and eight associate justices, who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.  Justices have lifetime tenure unless they resign, retire or are removed after impeachment.  The Supreme Court is one of the three branches of the federal government which also includes the Executive (President) and Legislative (Senate and House of Representatives).

This U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist History Mug is part of our U.S. Supreme Court series which includes all the U.S. Supreme Court Justices.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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