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Souter To Return To ‘Lily White’ NH Town

From a surprisingly forgiving Washington Post:

Quiet N.H. Home Is Where Souter’s Heart Has Always Been

By Philip Rucker
Sunday, May 3, 2009

WEARE, N.H., May 2 — When he joined the bench of the nation’s high court, David H. Souter packed his belongings into a U-Haul and drove down Interstate 95 from his boyhood home here to a rented Southwest Washington apartment. But the Supreme Court justice never took to the federal city, and after 19 years his things are in the same boxes

At the relatively young age of 69, Souter is giving up what he once called "the world’s best job in the world’s worst city" for a life of simple solitude in Weare. It is a rural hamlet that fascinates him so much, he has told neighbors he may someday write a history of the town

Souter’s home is tranquil, with the quiet broken only by the buzzing of insects, the chirping of birds and the whistling of wind through the soaring pine and maple trees. Souter once wrote in a letter to the late Supreme Court justice Harry A. Blackmun that he is at peace here during the court’s recesses.

"The restoration comes not only from the landscape and air, though they play their significant part, but from the people," Souter wrote. "I feel a strong need to be in New Hampshire for as much of the summer as I can manage it."

The farmhouse made national news three years ago, when property rights activists tried to seize it by eminent domain to build a hotel. They were seeking revenge for Souter’s vote in a 2005 ruling that a Connecticut city could take a group of older waterfront homes for development. Their effort failed…

Souter is the court’s wealthiest justice, but perhaps its most frugal. He arrived in 1990 with reported assets of $627,010, but thanks to a shrewd investment in a New England bank, he now is worth between $6 million and $30 million, according to his financial disclosures. Yet he resides not in a glamorous Georgetown townhouse but in the same mundane Southwest Washington apartment. One night in 2004, during a jog by himself around nearby Fort McNair, he was mugged.

Souter, friends said, never much liked Washington. So he is returning to Weare, a blue-collar and decidedly fiscally conservative town where the big political fight of the day is over whether to charge public high school students to ride the bus to school.

Souter, an only child, moved here with his banker father and homemaker mother when he was in the sixth grade

A solitary soul, Souter enjoys hiking mountains and strolling through nearby Clough State Park. At night, he goes for long walks alone, a flashlight guiding him down Weare’s winding roads. Residents can tell he is home by the police cruiser that drives up and down his street by the hour

According to the 2000 US Census, via Wikipedia:


[T]here were 7,776 people, 2,618 households, and 2,117 families residing in the town…

The racial makeup of the town was 98.25% White, 0.17% African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.22% from other races, and 0.72% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.69% of the population

About 1.5% of families and 2.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.1% of those under age 18 and 8.2% of those age 65 or over.

Where is the racial and economic ‘diversity’ that liberals like Justice Souter want to impose upon the rest of us?

Maybe he doesn’t like being mugged while he was taking his nighttime walks?

But what makes him think the rest of us do?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, May 3rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Souter To Return To ‘Lily White’ NH Town”

  1. catie says:

    It’s the old liberal adage-do as we say, not as we do.

  2. proreason says:

    I can’t say for sure, but everything I know about the guy points to him being a pervert.

    One has to assume that he has wanted out of the limelight for at least 8 years and now feels like he will be followed by somebody even more liberal and perverted than himself.

    But I’ll say this in his favor. At least he is a quiet pervert.

    On the other hand, why isn’t he redistributing that $6 to 30 mlllion? Since he has such a fortune, and since he is going back to live in a community with 13 black people, it kinda makes you wonder where the guy is really coming from, doesn’t it?

  3. canary says:

    Screwed the Republicans. Timing of his retirement, don’t let Bush reappoint a conservative, and now that Obama is in, he can go in peace, knowing there will be an easy replacement.
    His favortism of gays adopting and marrying, may mean, grow plants and hug trees, adopt some children or keep up the late night walks in parks.

    at 69, he’s ready to come out, regain back some youth. quietly, in the dark.

  4. jrmcdonald says:

    Screwed up everything he touched – on the wrong side of Bush V. Gore, supported the partial birth abortion of children while voting against killing child rapists, for removing the Ten Commandments from court houses, and voted to allow goverment to seize your home. Perish from the earth you stupid old sot.

  5. Confucius says:

    Mr. Souter is more than a “shrewd” investor. To turn $627,010 into $30 million (or even $6 million) is a staggering feat. If these numbers are true, then Mr. Souter handily beat the market–and maybe even Bernie Madoff.

    • proreason says:

      right on, Confucius.

      Davey boy is a shrewd investor, just like the Hildabeast was when her one commodities trade turned a 10,000% profit, yielding $250,000 (in today’s dollars)…a million to one shot.

  6. canary says:

    Souter should spread the wealth, and be of service to his community. Be the town bus driver, and drive high school students to school for free.

    “…….where the big political fight of the day is over whether to charge public high school students to ride the bus to school.”

  7. MinnesotaRush says:

    “Souter is the court’s wealthiest justice, but perhaps its most frugal. He arrived in 1990 with reported assets of $627,010, but thanks to a shrewd investment in a New England bank, he now is worth between $6 million and $30 million, according to his financial disclosures”

    So .. if he’s so damned sharp, how come he can’t narrow his net worth down to a “reasonable” “between” figure. A $24 million swing is just a tad more than any of us would get by with.

    Just sayin’ ya’ know.

  8. MinnesotaRush says:

    “Souter is the court’s wealthiest justice, but perhaps its most frugal. He arrived in 1990 with reported assets of $627,010, but thanks to a shrewd investment in a New England bank, he now is worth between $6 million and $30 million, according to his financial disclosures”

    And he’s a judge!?!? Oh, oh ….
    Where’d all that come from??? (between $6 million and $30 million) Oh, oh …

  9. DoctorRock says:

    You arrogant Americans! Obsessed with sex and money! I’d like to know just what sidearm he carries on his nocturnal walks (and I figure him for the S&W Model 10 type, all comments are as always welcome). In the Heller decision, he opined that even gays don’t have the right to protect themselves – but you KNOW he carries, even with his around-the clock protection. “Do as I say, not as I do” indeed. But you can’t blame 41 for Souter, any more than you can blame Ike for Justice Warren. I’m just sorry they couldn’t seize his house.

  10. Liberals Demise says:

    I didn’t notice any demographics on the Homos living in his town. They also forgot to mention the number of child molesters and perverts that walk the streets after dark!!

  11. BT in SA says:

    I was a “legal assistant” for the Merrimack County Superior Court system when Souter was just a lowly little Superior Court judge. Eons ago. [1978-1982] We lived in Concord, NH, my DH and I. We were going to buy a house in Weare – and relatives would say, “where?” to which I would respond, “exactly.” Middle of nowhere. Neighbors for many are the identical twins of those who played extras in the movie “Deliverance.” Or they were back then. And, we were looking for a house in ’92 or ’93?

    We left Concord in ’98 to move to NC. But I can say one thing for sure for 1998 in Concord, N.H. [Weare, N.H. is not too far from there – 15 miles, maybe.] There used to be a saying, “New Hampshire. No blax. No tax.” [SG – feel free to delete this if you feel it is too controversial. Not trying to start any kind of racial war. Just telling the facts as they were back then.]

    And, I can tell you for certain that if there were homosexuals living there – they kept their activities in the closet. N.H., for many, many years was a very, very conservative and very, very Republican state. Wasn’t until Jeanne Shaheen became governor that things started to change. We left in time – and shortly after Jeanne Shaheen changed the “land scape” of “pristine New Hampshire.” Have not been back since we left. No reason. There may be no income or sales tax there but property taxes were stupendous! That, and the fact that it is just too damn cold in the winter…

    • proreason says:

      “There used to be a saying, “New Hampshire. No blax. No tax.”

      I have lived in Massachusetts and found it ironic that despite one of the most liberal voting records in history, the people of that state were among the most racist (remember busing from years ago?) and personally conservative (not used in a complimentary way) that I’ve seen. They disliked outsiders (to the point of rudeness), didn’t like to see their towns changed in any way, severely restricted new businesses coming in, and were not keen at all to invest in their communities.

      I thought then and think now that they were politically brainwashed by the liberal elite in the universities who spew out a constant stream of socialist propaganda designed to make the peons think they are profitting at the expense of the wealthy. But at crunch time, when it came to them PERSONALLY, it was an entirely different story.

      BTW, I think the same applies to 99% of liberals in this country….hypocrits to the bone. They are liberal because they think they are getting over. If that changed, their true torture-loving, racist, war-mongering selves would come out in spades.

    • Liberals Demise says:


  12. proreason says:

    Thomas Sowell discusses judges with “empathy”:

    Appoint enough Supreme Court justices with “empathy” for particular groups and you would have, for all practical purposes, repealed the 14th Amendment, which guarantees “equal protection of the laws” for all Americans.

    We would have entered a strange new world, where everybody is equal but some are more equal than others. The very idea of the rule of law would become meaningless when it is replaced by the empathies of judges.

    Barack Obama solves this contradiction, as he solves so many other problems, with rhetoric. If you believe in the rule of law, he will say the words “rule of law.” And if you are willing to buy it, he will keep on selling it.

    Those people who just accept soothing words from politicians they like are gambling with the future of a nation. If you were German, would you be in favor of a law “to relieve the distress of the German people and nation”? That was the law that gave Hitler dictatorial power.


  13. artboyusa says:

    And so he returns, a humble and soft spoken man, to the simple backwoods town he has always called home. Even before he became worth $30 million smackerooonies, Souter, or “Massa Dave” as the slack jawed, inbred, ding toed, sway backed, pink eyed locals know him, yearned for a life of quiet contemplation, far away from the lurid lights of Washington, or “Babylon” as he has always called it.

    Now he walks the echoing, marble floored corridors of ‘Soutercrest’, clad only in sandals and a simple monk’s cloak, emerging only at night to go for long walks, cruising the dark alleys of this small town, seeking out lonely truck drivers and sailors to comfort…

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