Rehnquist, Scalia take their places on U.S. Supreme Court 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 26 1986)

(Friday, September 26, 1986, 11:02 a.m. EDT)William Hubbs Rehnquist took his oath today as the 16th Chief Justice of the United States, and Antonin Scalia took his as the newest Associate Justice.

President Ronald Reagan praised both men at a White House ceremony this morning as “brilliant” jurists who understood that “government by the people” requires “judicial restraint.” He said, “I nominated William Rehnquist because I believe he will be a Chief Justice of historic stature.”

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