Chief Justice William Rehnquist Dies
William Hubbs Rehnquist (October 1, 1924 -- September 3, 2005) was an American attorney, jurist, and political figure. He was a former law clerk and Assistant Attorney General.
In 1972, he was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court as an Associate Justice by President Richard Nixon, and in 1986 was appointed by Ronald Reagan to become the Chief Justice
He died in office in 2005, having served 33 years and eight months, making him the longest-serving Chief Justice since Melville Weston Fuller died in 1910. The vacancy left by his death came less than two months after Justice Sandra Day O'Connor retired, leaving the court with two vacancies.