David M. Gold's An Exemplary Whig: Edward Kent and the Whig Disposition in PDF

By David M. Gold

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 nation legislator, as mayor of Bangor, as governor, and as a pass judgement on of the kingdom very best 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 opinions and carried them ahead into his Whig-Republican jurisprudence.
In studying Kent's occupation as Maine's imperative Whig, An Exemplary Whig unearths his commonly conservative Whig outlook, together with an aversion towards illness and a deep appreciate for legislation, for latest associations, and for the knowledge of expertise. Kent introduced his conservative disposition into the Republican occasion. 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 suggested the “fusion” of all antislavery components right into a new Republican celebration.
In 1859, Maine's Republican governor appointed Kent to the country ideally suited 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 in the course of 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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