David Souter

The Honorable
David Souter
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Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
In office
October 3, 1990 – June 29, 2009
Nominated by George H. W. Bush
Preceded by William Brennan
Succeeded by Sonia Sotomayor
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
In office
May 25, 1990 – October 9, 1990
Nominated by George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Hugh H. Bownes
Succeeded by Norman H. Stahl
Associate Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court
In office
1983–1990
Nominated by John Sununu [1]
Preceded by Maurice Paul Bois
Succeeded by Sherman D. Horton, Jr.
Associate Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court
In office
1978–1983
Attorney General of New Hampshire
In office
1976–1978
Governor Meldrim Thomson, Jr.
Preceded by Warren Rudman
Succeeded by Thomas Rath
Personal details
Born David Hackett Souter
(1939-09-17) September 17, 1939 (age 78)
Melrose, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Republican [2]
Education Harvard University ( BA, LLB)
Magdalen College, Oxford ( BA)
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David Hackett Souter ( ər/; born September 17, 1939) is a retired Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He served from October 1990 until his retirement in June 2009. [3] Appointed by President George H. W. Bush to fill the seat vacated by William J. Brennan, Jr., Souter sat on both the Rehnquist and Roberts courts and came to vote reliably with the court's liberal members. [4] [5]

He was the only Justice during his time on the Court with extensive prior court experience outside a federal appeals court. He served as a prosecutor (1966–1968), in the New Hampshire Attorney General's office (1968–1976), as the Attorney General of New Hampshire (1976–1978), as an Associate Justice of the Superior Court of New Hampshire (1978–1983), as an Associate Justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court (1983–1990) and briefly as a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (1990). [5]

Following Souter's retirement announcement in May 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor as his successor. [6]

Early life and education

Souter was born in Melrose, Massachusetts, on September 17, 1939, the only child of Joseph Alexander Souter (1904–1976) and Helen Adams (Hackett) Souter (1907–1995). [7] [8] At age 11, he moved with his family to their farm in Weare, New Hampshire. [7]

Souter attended Concord High School in New Hampshire [9] and went on to Harvard College, concentrating in philosophy and writing a senior thesis on the legal positivism of Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. In 1961, he graduated with an A.B. magna cum laude as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. [10] He was selected as a Rhodes Scholar and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (later promoted to a Master of Arts degree, as per tradition) from Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1963. He then entered Harvard Law School, graduating in 1966.

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