Justice David Souter was born in Massachusetts but moved to Weare, New Hampshire when he was 11 years old. As a young boy, Justice Souter loved to swim and hike. He also read a lot of books. He did very well in school and once even turned in a paper that no one had assigned him. Justice Souter was an altar boy at his church and taught a Sunday school class. Justice Souter remembers going to town hall meetings when he was a child and sitting on a bench in the back to watch. In high school he was very active. He was an editor of the school yearbook, wrote for the student newspaper, and participated in student government. In college Justice Souter worked for a public service group. He became a Supreme Court Justice on October 9th, 1990. In April 2009, Justice Souter announced his retirement, and soon after, President Obama nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to take his seat.
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