An Exemplary Whig

An Exemplary Whig : Edward Kent and the Whig Disposition in American Politics and Law

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An Exemplary Whig examines the life and thought of Edward Kent, a nineteenth-century state political leader and judge and Maine's quintessential Whig. It reveals Kent's characteristically conservative Whig aversion toward disorder and his deep respect for law, existing institutions, and the wisdom of experience. David Gold shows how Kent carried the Whig persuasion into the Republican ascendancy and the beginnings of the Gilded more

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  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 22.86mm | 557.92g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739172727
  • 9780739172728

About David M. Gold

David M. Gold is an attorney with the Ohio Legislative Service Commission. He received his law degree and doctorate in history at The Ohio State University and is the author of The Shaping of Nineteenth-Century Law: John Appleton and Responsible more

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In this engaging biography of Edward Kent, a leading citizen of Bangor, Maine, David Gold reveals the quotidian texture of American public culture in the nineteenth century. Kent's significance lies in his achievement of a life devoted to what the novelist George Eliot called the 'unmemorable acts' that contribute to 'the growing good of the world.' -- Andrew Cayton, Miami University The partisan divisions of the Jacksonian era, the rise of the Republican Party in the 1850s, and the nature of the nineteenth-century legal system continue to puzzle American historians. What has long been deemed necessary are state and biographical studies that explore these themes in a local context. David Gold has produced such a work by this well-researched, learned, and intelligent examination of the political and legal career of Whig Edward Kent of Maine. Our field would be well served by more books based on Gold's model. -- Mitchell Snay, Denison University David Gold has provided an exemplary study of an exemplary Whig, readable, insightful, and unusual in its attention to a lawyer and politician who achieved state rather than national prominence. He makes a notable contribution to our understanding of the 19th-century American Whig temperament. -- Michael Les Benedict, Emeritus, Ohio State University Through David Gold's writing Edward Kent emerges from the frontier of nineteenth-century Maine to teach us much about politics, law, and society in a transformative time in American history. -- Daniel D. Blinka, Marquette University Gold effectively chronicles Governor Kent through adept mining of manuscript collections and, along with Robert J. Cook's Civil War Senator: William Pitt Fessenden and the Fight to Save the American Republic (2011), illuminates nineteenth-century Maine politics. More work like Gold's-investigating prototypical New England Democrats such as Levi Woodbury, Isaac Hill, and Isaac Toucey, for example-would greatly enrich our understanding of the antebellum political system. Journal of American Historyshow more

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Acknowledgments Note on Citations Introduction Chapter 1. Education in Federalism Chapter 2. National Republican Legislator Chapter 3. Mayor of Bangor Chapter 4. Hell-Bent for Kent Chapter 5. "The True End of Government" Chapter 6. Running the Line Chapter 7. Negotiating the Northeastern Boundary Chapter 8. For Taylor and the Union Chapter 9. Consul in Rio Chapter 10. The Unholy Traffic Chapter 11. The Demise of the Whigs Chapter 12. The Rise of the Republicans Chapter 13. A Republican on the Bench Chapter 14. The Jurisprudence of Common Sense Chapter 15. The Last Whig Bibliography Index About the Authorshow more

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