A Supremely Secret Proposal: Rehnquist And O’Connor’s Almost-Love

6/17/2003, WASHINGTON DC, UNITED STATES --- Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (l) and Chief Justice of the United States William H. Rehnquist break ground at a ceremony for an expansion of the Supreme Court in Washington. --- Photo by Brooks Kraft/Corbis
Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (L) and Chief Justice of the United States William H. Rehnquist prepare to break ground at the ceremony for an expansion of the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. (Ph... Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor (L) and Chief Justice of the United States William H. Rehnquist prepare to break ground at the ceremony for an expansion of the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. (Photo by Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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The late Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist carried a torch for fellow Supreme Court justice Sandra Day O’Connor when the two were in college, even proposing to her in secret.

According to a Wednesday NPR report, though O’Connor turned him down, the two remained friends and Rehnquist is even believed to have floated her name to President Ronald Reagan when a vacancy opened up on the Supreme Court.

“It was just an amazing accident of history that my mom and her friend and law school classmate ended up on the Supreme Court together,” O’Connor’s son Jay told NPR. “Not only did they have a wonderful working relationship for over 25 years on the court they had a wonderful friendship their entire life.”

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