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Rehnquist Home Has Restrictive Clause

U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice William Rehnquist said Wednesday that the deed to his summer home in Greensboro, Vermont, contains a clause forbidding it from being leased or sold “to any member of the Hebrew race.”

But Rehnquist, who has been nominated by President Reagan to become Chief Justice of the United States, maintained that he did not know the restrictive covenant existed until this week, although he had owned the home since 1974. He said he was “amazed” when he found out about it following an FBI investigation.

In another development, Sen. Edward Kennedy (D. Mass.) disclosed Thursday that Rehnquist owned another home from 1961 to 1969 near Phoenix, Arizona, which contained a clause barring its sale to non-whites.