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

By David M. Gold

ISBN-10: 0739172727

ISBN-13: 9780739172728

Historians have paid unusually little awareness 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 superb 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 major Whig in Maine kingdom 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 occupation as Maine's vital Whig, An Exemplary Whig unearths his routinely conservative Whig outlook, together with an aversion towards sickness and a deep admire for legislation, for latest 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," now not abolitionism, because the disrupter of the Union, and he suggested the “fusion” of all antislavery components right into a new Republican get together.
In 1859, Maine's Republican governor appointed Kent to the kingdom best court docket. 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 harmful innovation in check.
As a political candidate through 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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