By David M. Gold
In analyzing Kent's profession as Maine's fundamental Whig, An Exemplary Whig finds his frequently conservative Whig outlook, together with an aversion towards disease and a deep recognize for legislation, for present associations, and for the knowledge of expertise. Kent introduced his conservative disposition into the Republican social gathering. 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 prompt the “fusion” of all antislavery parts right into a new Republican celebration.
In 1859, Maine's Republican governor appointed Kent to the country splendid 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 throughout the Jacksonian period, Kent exemplified Whig management on the neighborhood and country degrees. In his jurisprudence, he carried the Whig persuasion into the Republican ascendancy and the beginnings of the Gilded Age.
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