Roger Williams

Theologian and Colonist Roger Williams

Profession: Theologian and Colonist


Biography: 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
Birthplace: London, England
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: April 19, 1684 (aged 80)

Historical Events

  • 1631-02-05 Founder of Rhode Island, 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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