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Oliver Cromwell

A 1656 Samuel Cooper portrait of Cromwell
1st Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland, and Ireland
In office
16 December 1653 â€“ 3 September 1658
Preceded by Council of State
Succeeded by Richard Cromwell
Member of Parliament
for Cambridge
In office
Monarch Charles I
Member of Parliament
for Huntingdon
In office
Monarch Charles I
Personal details
Born (1599-04-25)25 April 1599
Huntingdon, Huntingdonshire, Kingdom of England
Died 3 September 1658(1658-09-03) (aged 59)
Whitehall, London, The Protectorate
Resting place Tyburn, London
Nationality English
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Bourchier

Robert Cromwell (father)
Elizabeth Steward (mother)


Robert Cromwell
Oliver Cromwell
Bridget Cromwell
Richard Cromwell, Lord Protector
Henry Cromwell, Lord Deputy of Ireland
Elizabeth Cromwell
James Cromwell
Mary Cromwell
Frances Cromwell

Alma mater Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
Occupation Farmer, parliamentarian, military commander
Religion Reformed (an Independent Puritan)
Military service
Nickname(s) Old Ironsides
Allegiance Roundhead
Service/branch Eastern Association (1643–1645); New Model Army (1645–1646)
Years of service 1643–51
Rank Colonel (1643 â€“ bef. 1644); Lieutenant-General of Horse (bef. 1644–45); Lieutenant-General of Cavalry (1645–46)
Commands Cambridgeshire Ironsides (1643 â€“ bef. 1644); Eastern Association (bef. 1644–45); New Model Army (1645–46)
Battles/wars English Civil War:
Gainsborough; Marston Moor; Newbury II; Naseby; Langport; Preston; Dunbar; Worcester

Nature can do more than physicians.
Do not trust the cheering, for those persons would shout as much if you or I were going to be hanged.
Oliver Cromwell
Keep your faith in God, but keep your powder dry.
Who can love to walk in the dark? But providence doth often so dispose.
The State, in choosing men to serve it, takes no notice of their opinions. If they be willing faithfully to serve it, that satisfies.
Oliver Cromwell
What is all our histories, but God showing himself, shaking and trampling on everything that he has not planted.
Oliver Cromwell

He who stops being better stops being good.
We are Englishmen; that is one good fact.
I had rather have a plain, russet-coated Captain, that knows what he fights for, and loves what he knows, than that which you call a Gentle-man and is nothing else.
Oliver Cromwell
Not only strike while the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.
I beseech you, in the bowels of Christ, think it possible you may be mistaken.
Oliver Cromwell
I would have been glad to have lived under my wood side, and to have kept a flock of sheep, rather than to have undertaken this government.
Oliver Cromwell
He who stops being better stops being good.
Subtlety may deceive you; integrity never will.
No one rises so high as he who knows not whither he is going.
God made them as stubble to our swords.
A few honest men are better than numbers.
Put your trust in God; but be sure to keep your powder dry.
Necessity has no law.