September 03, 2005

Chief Justice Rehnquist 1924-2005

The Chief Justice has died tonight. Born in Milwaukee, he was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1971 and took his seat in 1972, replacing Harlan. In 1986 he was elevated by Reagan to be Chief Justice, replacing Burger. Along with Salmon P. Chase, he was one of two Chief Justices to oversee a presidential impeachment in Congress. He was battling thyroid cancer.

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