Death of William H. Rehnquist

October 1924 - September 3, 2005
Arlington, Virginia | Age 80

Supreme Court Chief Justice dies at 80
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Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist died Saturday evening of cancer, ending a 33-year Supreme Court career during which he oversaw the court's conservative shift, presided over an impeachment trial and helped decide a presidential election. His death creates a rare second vacancy on the nation's highest court.

Rehnquist, 80, was surrounded by his three children when he died at his home in suburban Arlington. His wife died in 1991.

"The Chief Justice battled thyroid cancer...

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