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By David M. Gold

ISBN-10: 0739172727

ISBN-13: 9780739172728

Historians have paid unusually little cognizance to state-level political leaders and judges. Edward Kent (1802–77) used to be either. He served 3 phrases as a country legislator, as mayor of Bangor, as governor, and as a pass judgement on of the country superb courtroom. He represented Maine within the negotiations that resolved the long-running northeastern border dispute among the USA and nice Britain and served for 4 years because the American consul in Rio de Janeiro. the key Whig in Maine nation politics and later a Republican pass judgement on, Kent articulated vintage Whig political beliefs and carried them ahead into his Whig-Republican jurisprudence.
In interpreting Kent's profession as Maine's necessary Whig, An Exemplary Whig unearths his typically conservative Whig outlook, together with an aversion towards illness and a deep appreciate for legislations, for latest associations, and for the knowledge of expertise. Kent introduced his conservative disposition into the Republican get together. 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," now not abolitionism, because the disrupter of the Union, and he advised the “fusion” of all antislavery components right into a new Republican celebration.
In 1859, Maine's Republican governor appointed Kent to the country very 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 legislation and a mistrust of “theoretic speculation.” After his retirement, he chaired a constitutional revision fee, admonishing his fellow commissioners to remember the “practical knowledge” that stored risky innovation in check.
As a political candidate in the course of the Jacksonian period, Kent exemplified Whig management on the neighborhood and kingdom degrees. In his jurisprudence, he carried the Whig persuasion into the Republican ascendancy and the beginnings of the Gilded Age.

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