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Exhibition Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration

Howard Brodie. William Rehnquist Questioned by Senators of Judiciary Committee, 1971. Color crayon on white paper. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (034.00.00)
LC-DIG-ppmsca-51012 © Estate of Howard Brodie
Gift of Howard Brodie

William Rehnquist at His Senate Confirmation Hearing

William Rehnquist, appointed by President Richard Nixon, appeared before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary in November 1971. Howard Brodie depicts him with senators Birch Bayh (D-IN) and Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy (D-MA). Succeeding John M. Harlan, he was confirmed by the Senate on December 10, 1971. Ronald Reagan appointed Rehnquist Chief Justice in 1986. Although part of the court's conservative wing, he was successful as a chief justice in building consensus among the justices. He remained on the bench until his death on September 3, 2005.