Roger Williams

Theologian and Colonist Roger Williams Full Name: Roger Williams
Nationality: English

Profession: Theologian and Colonist
Why Famous: An early proponent of religious freedom and the separation of church and state, Williams founded the colony of Providence Plantation, which provided a refuge for religious minorities.

Williams also started the first Baptist church in America.

Born: December 21, 1603
Star Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England

Died: April 19, 1684 (aged 80)

Historical Events in the Life of Roger Williams

  • 1631-02-05 Rhode Island, founder, Roger Williams arrives in Boston from England
  • 1635-10-09 Religious dissident Roger Williams banished from Mass Bay Colony
  • 1664-03-24 Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island

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