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    (October 4, 1626-July 12, 1712)
    Born in Huntingdon, England, United Kingdom
    Son of Oliver Cromwell
    Succeeded his father as Lord Protector of England, Scotland and Ireland
    Reign lasted nine months (September 3, 1658-May 25, 1659)
    Went into exile in France (1660)
    Returned to England under the pseudonym 'John Clarke' (1681)
    His father complained about his 'idleness.'
    His main qualification for the job of Lord Protector was his father, which seems to have been the sort of thing Oliver was fighting against when he overthrew the monarchy.
    He was ineffectual in negotiating the power struggle between Parliament and the army.
    He was given the derisive nicknames Tumbledown Dick and Queen Dick.
    His adoption of a pseudonym probably had more to do with his need to avoid creditors than any fear of harassment from the restored monarchy.
    Only four of his nine children lived to adulthood.
    He turned down an offer of armed assistance from the French ambassador.
    The Commonwealth had become so unpopular and so heavily in debt that it probably would have failed in a short time no matter who had succeeded Oliver Cromwell.

Credit: C. Fishel

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