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2     WHEREAS, William Hubbs Rehnquist was born in Milwaukee,
3 Wisconsin, on October 1, 1924, the son of William Benjamin
4 Rehnquist, a paper salesman, and Margery Peck Rehnquist, a
5 translator and homemaker; and
6     WHEREAS, After graduating from Shorewood High School in
7 1942, Mr. Rehnquist attended Kenyon College for one quarter in
8 the fall of 1942 before entering the U.S. Army Air Corps; and
9     WHEREAS, Mr. Rehnquist served in World War II from March of
10 1943 to 1946; he was placed into a pre-meteorology program and
11 was assigned to Denison University until February of 1944, when
12 the program was shut down; and
13     WHEREAS, The program was designed to teach maintenance and
14 repair of weather instruments; in the summer of 1945, Mr.
15 Rehnquist went overseas and served as a weather observer in
16 North Africa; and
17     WHEREAS, After the war ended, Mr. Rehnquist attended
18 Stanford University under the G.I. Bill; in 1948, he received a
19 bachelor's degree and a master's degree in political science,
20 and in 1950, he went to Harvard University, where he received a
21 master's degree in government; he returned later to Stanford
22 University, where he attended law school, graduating first in
23 his class; and
24     WHEREAS, Mr. Rehnquist went to Washington, D.C., to work as
25 a law clerk for Justice Robert H. Jackson during the court's
26 1951-1952 terms; and
27     WHEREAS, Mr. Rehnquist moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he
28 was in private practice from 1953 to 1969; during these years,
29 he was active in the Republican Party and served as a legal



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1 advisor to Barry Goldwater's 1964 presidential campaign; and
2     WHEREAS, Mr. Rehnquist served as Assistant Attorney
3 General of the Office of Legal Counsel from 1969 to 1971; in
4 this role, he served as the chief lawyer to Attorney General
5 John Mitchell; and
6     WHEREAS, In 1971, President Richard M. Nixon nominated Mr.
7 Rehnquist to replace John Marshall Harlan II on the Supreme
8 Court; upon Harlan's retirement, and after being confirmed by
9 the Senate by a 68-26 vote on December 10, 1971, Mr. Rehnquist
10 took his seat as an Associate Justice on January 7, 1972; and
11     WHEREAS, When Chief Justice Warren Burger retired in 1986,
12 President Ronald Reagan nominated Associate Justice Rehnquist
13 to fill the position of Chief Justice; he was confirmed by the
14 Senate by a 65-33 vote and assumed the office on September 26;
15 and
16     WHEREAS, On October 26, 2004, the Supreme Court announced
17 that Chief Justice Rehnquist had recently been diagnosed with
18 thyroid cancer, and that he had been hospitalized at the
19 National Naval Medical Center in Maryland; and
20     WHEREAS, Chief Justice Rehnquist, after months of battling
21 his condition, finally succumbed at his Arlington, Virginia,
22 home on September 3, 2005, at the age of 80; and
23     WHEREAS, He is survived by his three children with his late
24 wife, Natalie Cornell, James, Janet, and Nancy; therefore, be
25 it
28 we celebrate and remember the extraordinary life of Chief
29 Justice William Hubbs Rehnquist; and be it further



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1     RESOLVED, That suitable copies of this resolution be
2 presented to Chief Justice Rehnquist's three surviving
3 children with our deepest sympathies and highest regards.