William Rehnquist

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Chief justice of the United States from 1986 to 2005

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According to Wikipedia, William Hubbs Rehnquist was an American attorney and jurist who served on the U.S. Supreme Court 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 a staunch 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 , struck down an act of Congress as exceeding its power under the Commerce Clause.

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