History of the Federal Judiciary


  Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
Souter, David Hackett
Born 1939 in Melrose, MA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Nominated by George H.W. Bush on January 24, 1990, to a seat vacated by Hugh Henry Bownes. Confirmed by the Senate on April 27, 1990, and received commission on April 30, 1990. Service terminated on October 8, 1990, due to appointment to another judicial position.

Associate Justice, Supreme Court of the United States
Nominated by George H.W. Bush on July 25, 1990, to a seat vacated by William Joseph Brennan, Jr.. Confirmed by the Senate on October 2, 1990, and received commission on October 3, 1990. Assumed senior status on June 30, 2009.

Allotment as Circuit Justice:
First Circuit, October 9, 1990-June 29, 2009
Third Circuit, October 9, 1990-June 29, 2009

Education:
Harvard College, B.A., 1961
University of Oxford, Magdalen College, B.A., 1963
University of Oxford, Magdalen College, M.A., 1963
Harvard Law School, LL.B., 1966

Professional Career:
Rhodes scholar, Magdalen College, Oxford University, 1961-1963
Private practice, Concord, New Hampshire, 1966-1968
Assistant attorney general, State of New Hampshire, 1968-1971
Deputy attorney general, State of New Hampshire, 1971-1976
Attorney general, State of New Hampshire, 1976-1978
Associate justice, Superior Court of New Hampshire, 1978-1983
Associate justice, Supreme Court of New Hampshire, 1983-1990

 

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