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Cromwell, Oliver
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(Apr 25, 1599, Huntingdon – Sep 3, 1658, London) was born into a relatively humble branch of a well-connected landholding family in Huntingdonshire and was elected MP for the county town in 1628. Following his defeat in a disputed election of a lecturer and preacher for the town Cromwell moved to nearby St. Ives, where he continued as a yeoman farmer during the 1630s. His career took off following the outbreak of the Civil Wars, when his military successes and his commitment to godly religion led to his emergence as a major figure between 1647 and 1649. After the execution of Cha…

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Sheils, William J., “Cromwell, Oliver”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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