CHIEF JUSTICE WILLIAM H. REHNQUIST - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED 1980 CO-SIGNED BY: ASSOCIATE JUSTICE POTTER STEWART, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE WILLIAM J. BRENNAN JR. - HFSID 67929
Sale Price $1,190.00
WILLIAM H. REHNQUIST, WILLIAM J. BRENNAN, JR. and POTTER STEWART. First Day Cover signed: "William J Brennan Jr/2-27-80" as Associate Justice, "Potter Stewart March 10, 1980" as Associate Justice and "William H Rehnquist" probably as Associate Justice as he was not named Chief Justice until 1986, 6½x3½. FDC honoring U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, 15-cent stamp affixed, postmarked Boston, MA, June 14, 1978, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Names typed beneath signatures. WILLIAM HUBBS REHNQUIST (1924-2005) was appointed Associate Justice by President Nixon in 1972, succeeding John M. Harlan. In 1986, he was appointed Chief Justice by President Reagan, succeeding Warren E. Burger. Chief Justice Rehnquist presided over President Clinton's impeachment trial (1998-1999) and it was the Rehnquist Court that voted 5-4 on December 12, 2000 to stop the Florida vote recount, resulting in Gore's concession on December 13th and the election of President George W. Bush. WILLIAM J. BRENNAN, JR. (1906-1997), appointed Associate Justice by President Eisenhower, served from October 6, 1956 until his retirement on July 20, 1990. He believed that only by making the Constitution a "living document" could America's system of government keep up with the needs of society -- in direct opposition to the "strict constructionist" approach of conservative colleagues such as Justices Rehnquist and Scalia. POTTER STEWART (1915-1985), also appointed by Eisenhower, was Associate Justice from 1958-1981. When he retired, he was replaced by Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman Associate Justice (appointed by President Reagan). Lightly creased, rippled at cachet. Slightly soiled at blank left edge. Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 21¾x33¼.
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