September 3, 1658

On September 3, 1658, after the death of Oliver Cromwell, Richard Cromwell succeeded his father as Lord Protector of England. Richard was not prepared to rule England as the Lord Protector and he knew it, especially since the Army had no faith in him and his father left the country in debt with a deficit of over $2 million pounds. $2,000,000 pounds in 1658 would equate to around $250,000,000 pounds today. Nine months after succeeding his father as Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, he resigned and became known as “Tumbledown Dick”. The people of England were savage in the giving of nicknames.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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