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 country legislator, as mayor of Bangor, as governor, and as a pass judgement on of the country 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 major 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 analyzing Kent's profession as Maine's fundamental Whig, An Exemplary Whig unearths his regularly conservative Whig outlook, together with an aversion towards illness and a deep admire for legislations, for current associations, and for the knowledge of expertise. Kent introduced his conservative disposition into the Republican occasion. 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," no longer abolitionism, because the disrupter of the Union, and he suggested the “fusion” of all antislavery parts right into a new Republican get together.
In 1859, Maine's Republican governor appointed Kent to the nation 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 keep in mind the “practical knowledge” that stored 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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