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CHIEF JUSTICE WILLIAM H. REHNQUIST - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED CO-SIGNED BY: ASSOCIATE JUSTICE ANTHONY M. KENNEDY, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE LEWIS F. POWELL JR., ASSOCIATE JUSTICE DAVID H. SOUTER, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE WILLIAM J. BRENNAN JR., ASSOCIATE JUSTICE THURGOOD MARSHALL, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE HARRY A. BLACKMUN, ASSOCIATE JUSTICE JOHN PAUL STEVENS - HFSID 156704

WILLIAM H. REHNQUIST, CO-SIGNED BY: ANTHONY M. KENNEDY, LEWIS F. POWELL JR., DAVID SOUTER, WILLIAM J. BRENNAN JR., THURGOOD MARSHALL, HARRY A. BLACKMUN, JOHN PAUL STEVENS 1962 First Day Cover

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WILLIAM H. REHNQUIST, CO-SIGNED BY: ANTHONY M. KENNEDY, LEWIS F. POWELL JR., DAVID SOUTER, WILLIAM J. BRENNAN JR., THURGOOD MARSHALL, HARRY A. BLACKMUN, JOHN PAUL STEVENS

1962 First Day Cover of George Washington signed by eight justices of the Rehnquist court

First Day Cover signed "David Souter", "Lewis F. Powell" in blue ink, "William H Rehnquist", "Thurgood Marshall", "W J Brennan" in blue ink, "Anthony Kennedy", "John Paul Stevens" and "Harry G. Blackmun". 6½x3½, FDC George Washington, New York, New York, Nov. 23, 1962, one 5¢ blue-and-white George Washington coil stamp affixed, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. These Justices all served under Rehnquist, but not all at the same time. Kennedy replaced Powell in 1972 and Souter replaced Brennan in 1990. Appointed by President Lyndon B. Johnson on October 2, 1967, MARSHALL (1908-1993) was the first black Associate Justice to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court (1967-1991). Previously, as legal director for the NAACP, he had argued the landmark Civil Rights case, Brown v. Board of Education (1954), before the Supreme Court. Marshall won the case, resulting in the outlawing of racial segregation in public schools. SOUTER, born in 1939, was appointed Associate Justice by President George Bush in 1990 and has served under Chief Justices Rehnquist and Roberts. Emerging as a moderate liberal on the Court, he voted against Justices Rehnquist and Scalia in the 1992 case of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey in their attempt to overthrow Roe v. Wade. POWELL (1907-1998), a Democrat, was appointed Associate Justice by President Nixon on January 7, 1972 and served until June 26, 1987. His votes decided the Court's first confrontations with abortion and affirmative action issues. REHNQUIST (1924-2005) was appointed Associate Justice by President Nixon on January 7, 1972. He joined with his colleagues in their unanimous ruling on July 24, 1974, upholding the Special Prosecutor's subpoena for President Nixon's tapes for Watergate trial; Nixon resigned 16 days later. As Chief Justice, he presided at President Clinton's impeachment trial in 1999. On December 12, 2000, his court ruled 5-4 that the manual recount of presidential votes in Florida was unconstitutional, resulting in Vice President Al Gore's concession and Texas Governor George W. Bush's victory. He was contemplating retirement due to ill health when he unexpectedly died in 2005. BRENNAN (1906-1997), appointed Associate Justice by President Eisenhower, served from October 6, 1956 until his retirement on July 20, 1990. Brennan 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. KENNEDY, born in 1936, was appointed Associate Justice of the Supreme Court by President Reagan in 1988. He started his tenure on the Court with a highly conservative voting record, but he began to vote more independently and from a civil-libertarian perspective. He also co-authored the court's majority opinion in the 1992 abortion rights case Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey. STEVENS (1920-2019) was sworn in as an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court on December 19, 1975. He established a moderately liberal voting record that made him seem even more liberal against more recent conservative appointees and has been a strong defender of civil rights, gay rights and First Amendment rights. BLACKMUN (1908-1999), appointed by President Nixon in 1970, served until he retired in 1994. He was initially allied with the conservatives on the Court, but is best remembered for his 1973 majority opinion in Roe v. Wade, legalizing abortion. Lightly toned, otherwise in fine condition.

 

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