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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
Preceded by Maurice Bois
Succeeded by Sherman Horton
Associate Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court
In office
1978–1983
20th Attorney General of New Hampshire
In office
January 15, 1976 – April 1978
Governor Meldrim Thomson Jr.
Preceded by Warren Rudman
Succeeded by Thomas D. Rath
Personal details
Born
David Hackett Souter

September 17, 1939 (1939-09-17) (age 82)
Melrose, Massachusetts, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education Harvard University (BA, LLB)
Magdalen College, Oxford (BA)
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David Hackett Souter ( 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. Appointed by President George H. W. Bush to fill the seat left 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.

Pre-Supreme Court

He was the only Justice during his time on the Court with court experience outside of 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).

Retirement

Following Souter's retirement announcement in May 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor as his replacement.

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