J. Lee Rankin

James Lee Rankin (* July 7, 1907 in Hartington, Cedar County, Nebraska, † 28 June 1996 in Santa Cruz, California ) was an American lawyer, university professor, and United States Solicitor General.


After attending the High School of Lincoln, he studied 1924-1928 at the University of Nebraska and received there a Bachelor of Arts ( BA). A subsequent post-graduate studies in law at the Law School of the University of Nebraska he finished 1930. Upon his admission to the bar in Nebraska, he worked as an attorney at Beghtol & Foe and then 1935-1953 Partner in the law firm Beghtol & Rankin.

1953 Rankin, a member of the Republican Party was an employee in the Ministry of Justice of the United States and worked as assistant to the United States Attorney General ( Assistant Attorney General ) Chief of Bureau of Legal Services (Office of Legal Counsel ). In August 1956 he was appointed by U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower to the Solicitor General, and took with it until the end of Eisenhower's presidency in January 1961, a third place in the U.S. Department of Justice.

He then worked as a university teacher of American Constitutional Law at the Law School of New York University.

After the assassination of John F. Kennedy J. Lee Rankin was appointed in 1963 as chief consultant to the Warren Commission and was part of this until the submission of the final report in September 1964. He was most recently 1966-1972 Legal Adviser for corporations ( Corporation) of New York City.