David Hackett Souter (born September 17, 1939) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, having served since 1990. He filled the seat which William J. Brennan, Jr. vacated. Appointed by Republican President George H. W. Bush, he usually voted with the more liberal wing on Chief Justice John G. Roberts' court. On May 1, 2009, Souter confirmed to President Barack Obama that he would retire at the end of the court's term in June, at the age of 69, and return to his home in rural New Hampshire.
Souter was born in nearby Melrose, Massachusetts, but lived for a time during his childhood in the 1940s at 7 Park Street, Wakefield, near the Common. He attended the Lincoln School, swam and fished in Lake Quannapowitt, and his maternal grandfather, Frank H. Hackett, was at one point the town's postmaster. Souter and his family moved to New Hampshire in 1950 when he was eleven years old.
Souter contributed a brief essay to the 1994 published history, Wakefield : 350 years by the lake : an anniversary history, where he fondly reminisces about his childhood years in town. The article appears on page 166.
- Wakefield : 350 years by the lake : an anniversary history / compiled by the Wakefield 350 Writing Committee ; edited by Nancy Bertrand, 1994, p166, 197.
- "Justice Souter grew up here : lived on Park Street", article in the Wakefield Daily Item, Thursday, May 7, 2009, p.1
- Wikipedia entry for David Souter
- Books by or about Souter owned by Beebe Library