It was the 1950s and future Supreme Court chief justice William Rehnquist proposed to his law school classmate then Sandra Day who late became O'Connor. Needless to say, she did not say yes.
This story was first reported by biographer Evan Thomas whose book called "First" discovered the decades-old secret.
In a letter, Rehnquist wrote to O'Connor to discuss "important things."
"To be specific, Sandy, will you marry me this summer?" Rehnquist wrote.
Jay O'Connor the son of Sandy was quoted as saying that it was an "amazing accident of history" that his mother and her law school friend both ended up on the high court.
"Not only did they have a wonderful working relationship for over 25 years on the court they had a wonderful friendship their entire life," he told NPR.
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