From the Grand Old Partisan:

On this day (December 8th) in 1953, Lee Rankin, President Dwight Eisenhower’s Assistant Attorney General, argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the plaintiffs in Brown v. Board of Education.  His opponent in the case, the lawyer for the segregationists, was John Davis, the 1924 Democrat presidential nominee.

Lee Rankin, a life-long Republican, worked on the 1948 Dewey presidential campaign and then managed Eisenhower’s 1952 campaign in Nebraska.  President Eisenhower promoted him to Solicitor General in 1956.  Rankin later served as general counsel of the Warren Commission.