England: Presidents of the Council of State: 1649-1653

Council of State
17/27 Feb 1649 - 12/22 Mar 1649 no presiding officer [1]
President of the Council of State [2]
12/22 Mar 1649 - 15/25 Feb 1650 John Bradshaw
16/26 Feb 1650 - 17/27 Feb 1650 office vacant [3]
18/28 Feb 1650 - 29 Dec 1651/8 Jan 1652 John Bradshaw (x)
29 Dec 1651/8 Jan 1652 - 26 Jan/5 Feb 1652 Bulstrode Whitelock(e)
26 Jan/5 Feb 1652 - 23 Feb/4 Mar 1652 Sir Arthur Hesilrig (or Hesilrige, Haselrig)
23 Feb/4 Mar 1652 - 22 Mar/1 Apr 1652 Philip Sidney, viscount Lisle
22 Mar/1 Apr 1652 - 19/29 Apr 1652 John Lisle
19/29 Apr 1652 - 17/27 May 1652 Henry Rolle
17/27 May 1652 - 14/24 Jun 1652 Sir Henry Vane, Jr
14/24 Jun 1652 - 12/22 Jul 1652 Philip Herbert, earl of Pembroke and Montgomery, baron Herbert of Shurland
12/22 Jul 1652 - 9/29 Aug 1652 Dennis Bond
9/29 Aug 1652 - 7/17 Sep 1652 William Purefoy
7/17 Sep 1652 - 5/15 Oct 1652 Sir James Harrington
5/15 Oct 1652 - 25 Oct/4 Nov 1652 Sir William Constable
25 Oct/4 Nov 1652 - 22 Nov/2 Dec 1652 Sir William Masham
22 Nov/2 Dec 1652 - 1/11 Dec 1652 Sir William Constable (x)
1/11 Dec 1652 - 29 Dec 1652/8 Jan 1653 unknown
29 Dec 1652/8 Jan 1653 - 26 Jan/5 Feb 1653 Henry Rolle (x)
26 Jan/5 Feb 1653 - 23 Feb/5 Mar 1653 John Bradshaw (x)
23 Feb/5 Mar 1653 - 23 Mar/2 Apr 1653 Thomas Chaloner (or Challoner)
23 Mar/2 Apr 1653 - 2/12 May 1653 Dennis Bond (x)
2/12 May 1653 - 9/19 May 1653 John Lambert
9/19 May 1653 - 13/23 May 1653 Sir Gilbert Pickering, baronet
13/23 May 1653 - 27 May/6 Jun 1653 unknown
27 May/6 Jun 1653 - 10/20 Jun 1653 John Desborough (or Disbrowe)
10/20 Jun 1653 - 24 Jun/4 Jul 1653 unknown
24 Jun/4 Jul 1653 - 5/15 Jul 1653 Philip Jones
8/18 Jul 1653 - 21/31 Jul 1653 Sir Gilbert Pickering, baronet (x)
21/31 Jul 1653 - 4/14 Aug 1653 Edward Montagu
4/14 Aug 1653 - 17/27 Aug 1653 unknown
17/27 Aug 1653 - 31 Aug/10 Sep 1653 Sir Anthony Ashley Cooper, baronet
31 Aug/10 Sep 1653 - 14/24 Sep 1653 Robert Tichborne
14/24 Sep 1653 - 28 Sep/8 Oct 1653 unknown
28 Sep/8 Oct 1653 - 4/14 Oct 1653 Charles Howard
4/14 Oct 1653 - 3/13 Nov 1653 William Sydenham
3/13 Nov 1653 - 6/16 Dec 1653 Edward Montagu (x)
6/16 Dec 1653 - 10/20 Dec 1653 Walter Strickland

[1] Presidency of the member for the day: Oliver Cromwell (20 Feb/2 Mar 1649, 22 Feb/4 Mar 1649, 23 Feb/5 Mar 1649), Basil Feilding, earl of Denbigh (27 Feb/9 Mar 1649, 3/13 Mar 1649), Sir William Masham (first session of 7/17 Mar 1649), Sir Arthur Hesilrig (second session of 7/17 Mar 1649)
[2] Also routinely styled in the proceedings of the Council as Lord President.
[3] The first Council of State held its last meeting 15/25 Feb 1650; the newly elected Council of State convened 16/26 Feb 1650 but did not elect a new President until 17/27 Feb 1650.
Last updated on: 12 Jun 2013 13:21:01