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.
- 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