New PDF release: An Exemplary Whig: Edward Kent and the Whig Disposition in

By David M. Gold

ISBN-10: 0739172727

ISBN-13: 9780739172728

Historians have paid strangely little cognizance 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 nation preferrred court docket. He represented Maine within the negotiations that resolved the long-running northeastern border dispute among the us and nice Britain and served for 4 years because the American consul in Rio de Janeiro. the main Whig in Maine country politics and later a Republican pass judgement on, Kent articulated vintage Whig political opinions and carried them ahead into his Whig-Republican jurisprudence.
In interpreting Kent's occupation as Maine's crucial Whig, An Exemplary Whig finds his frequently conservative Whig outlook, together with an aversion towards disease and a deep admire for legislation, for present associations, and for the knowledge of expertise. Kent introduced his conservative disposition into the Republican celebration. 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 advised the “fusion” of all antislavery parts right into a new Republican get together.
In 1859, Maine's Republican governor appointed Kent to the kingdom ideal 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 keep in mind 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 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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