Patricia Murphy columnist
Souter is a native of Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School. After a short time in private practice, Souter eventual rose to became Attorney General of New Hampshire, Associate Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court, and a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.
President George H. W. Bush appointed Souter to the United States Supreme Court, to which he was confirmed in October of 1990. Although Souter was appointed under a Republican administration, he is largely considered to be a more liberal member of the Court.