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By David M. Gold

Historians have paid unusually little awareness to state-level political leaders and judges. Edward Kent (1802–77) used to be either. He served 3 phrases as a nation legislator, as mayor of Bangor, as governor, and as a pass judgement on of the country 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 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 studying Kent's profession as Maine's indispensable Whig, An Exemplary Whig unearths his often conservative Whig outlook, together with an aversion towards ailment 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 no 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 social gathering.
In 1859, Maine's Republican governor appointed Kent to the kingdom superb 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 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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