Press Release
Press Release · Thursday, November 20, 1997

Press Release
November 20, 1997
NHPRC Welcomes Justice Souter

Washington, DC. . . At its November 18 meeting, the National Historical Publications and Records Commission was pleased to welcome Associate Justice David Hackett Souter of the Supreme Court of the United States as the Court’s representative on the Commission. Justice Souter succeeds Associate Justice Harry A. Blackmun in that capacity.

Justice Souter was named to the Supreme Court in 1990, prior to which he served as Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from Harvard, and was a Rhodes Scholar. After a brief career in private practice, he became Assistant Attorney General of New Hampshire in 1968, Deputy Attorney General in 1971 and Attorney General in 1976. His judicial service began in 1978 as Associate Justice of the New Hampshire Superior Court, from which he moved to the New Hampshire Supreme Court in 1983. He is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a former vice president of the New Hampshire Historical Society.

In welcoming Justice Souter to the Commission, Archivist of the United States John W. Carlin, who chairs the Commission noted that Justice Souter follows in the footsteps of Justices Frankfurter, Brennan, Renquist and Blackmun on the Commission, and said in welcoming him, "Justice Souter’s deep appreciation of history and his unique insights will be valuable contributions to the important work of the NHPRC."

Contact: Roger Bruns
Acting Director of the National Historical Publications and Records Commission
(202) 501-5600

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