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By David M. Gold

ISBN-10: 0739172727

ISBN-13: 9780739172728

Historians have paid unusually little realization to state-level political leaders and judges. Edward Kent (1802–77) was once either. He served 3 phrases as a kingdom legislator, as mayor of Bangor, as governor, and as a pass judgement on of the kingdom ideally suited court docket. He represented Maine within the negotiations that resolved the long-running northeastern border dispute among the U.S. and nice Britain and served for 4 years because the American consul in Rio de Janeiro. the key Whig in Maine country politics and later a Republican pass judgement on, Kent articulated vintage Whig political beliefs and carried them ahead into his Whig-Republican jurisprudence.
In analyzing Kent's profession as Maine's integral Whig, An Exemplary Whig unearths his often conservative Whig outlook, together with an aversion towards illness and a deep recognize for legislations, for current associations, and for the knowledge of expertise. Kent introduced his conservative disposition into the Republican social gathering. He had little need for radical abolitionism, who prefer moderation and compromise to measures that endangered social order or the integrity of the Union. Kent observed the "slave power," no longer abolitionism, because the disrupter of the Union, and he recommended the “fusion” of all antislavery parts right into a new Republican social gathering.
In 1859, Maine's Republican governor appointed Kent to the nation best courtroom. in the course of his fourteen-year tenure, Kent followed a Whiggish jurisprudence, pragmatic and commonsensical, and displayed a reverence for the typical legislations and a mistrust of “theoretic speculation.” After his retirement, he chaired a constitutional revision fee, admonishing his fellow commissioners to keep in mind the “practical knowledge” that saved harmful innovation in check.
As a political candidate through the Jacksonian period, Kent exemplified Whig management on the neighborhood and nation degrees. In his jurisprudence, he carried the Whig persuasion into the Republican ascendancy and the beginnings of the Gilded Age.

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