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Post  taixyz1992 on Sun Jan 09, 2011 3:04 am

James Fisher Robinson (October 4, 1800 - October 31, 1882) was the 22nd Governor of Kentucky, serving the remainder of the unfinished term of Governor Beriah Magoffin. Magoffin, a Confederate sympathizer, became increasingly ineffective after the elections of 1861 yielded a supermajority to pro-Union forces in both houses of the Kentucky General Assembly. Magoffin agreed to resign the governorship, provided he could select his successor. He selected Robinson.

Politically, Robinson opposed both secession and abolition.[1] Though he had Union sympathies, he was considered a moderate,[2] opposing both fugitive slave laws and the enlistment of black soldiers.[1] As a state senator, he supported the Crittenden Compromise and opposed the Civil War.[1] As governor, he drew criticism from the administration of President Abraham Lincoln for opposing the Emancipation Proclamation

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Post  heroisthai on Mon Jan 10, 2011 4:47 am

At the same time, he lamented what he perceived as poor treatment of the state as disloyal by the Federal government.[8] He cited examples such as the declaration of martial law in the Commonwealth and the suspension of the right of habeas corpus for its citizens.[8] He answered President Lincoln's contention "that military necessity is not to be measured by Constitutional limits" by warning "If military necessity is not to be measured by Constitutional limits, we are no longer a free people."[8]

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