1660: Harrison’s Death
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With the establishment of the Nominated Assembly in July 1653, Thomas Harrison appeared to be at the height of his influence, with some contemporaries regarding the new regime as his brainchild. Harrison had reinforced Richard Cromwell's providential millenarianism as they turned to the Saints to reform and establish godly rule. The subsequent failure of the Nominated Assembly has, for some, been linked to Harrison's failings as a politician. Harrison's heavy involvement in parliamentary committees and his voting record as a teller both help illustrate his relative activism and radicalism, as well as hinting at the decline in his relationship with the traditional parliamentary political process. This statistical evidence is also set alongside the context provided by Harrison's role in relation to key political issues that caused tension in the Rump. Harrison's attendance on the Rump's Councils of State illustrates an aspect of his political activity.