CHIEF JUSTICE WILLIAM H. REHNQUIST - FIRST DAY COVER SIGNED - HFSID 158028
Sale Price $270.00
WILLIAM H. REHNQUIST
First Day Cover of James Madison signed by the Supreme Court Justice
First Day Cover signed "William H Rehnquist". 6½x3½. FDC James Madison, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, March 5, 1976, two 9¢ green Freedom of Assembly coil stamps affixed. With engraved portrait of Madison on left side and short biography on verso. Madison sponsored the Bill of Rights that Rehnquist had to interpret in many of the cases he heard on the Supreme Court. 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. President Reagan appointed Rehnquist Chief Justice on September 26, 1986; he served until his death in 2005. 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. Lightly toned, otherwise in fine condition.
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