Roger Williams

Politician

1603 – 1683

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Who was Roger Williams?

Roger Williams was an English Protestant theologian who was an early proponent of religious freedom and the separation of church and state. In 1636, he began the colony of Providence Plantation, which provided a refuge for religious minorities. Williams started the first Baptist church in America, the First Baptist Church of Providence. He was a student of Native American languages and an advocate for fair dealings with Native Americans. Williams was arguably the first abolitionist in North America, having organized the first attempt to prohibit slavery in any of the original thirteen colonies.

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Born
Dec 21, 1603
London
Also known as
  • 罗杰 · 威廉姆斯
  • Уильямс, Роджер
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Reformed Baptists
Nationality
  • England
Profession
Education
  • Bachelor of Arts, Pembroke College, Cambridge
    ( - 1627)
  • University of Cambridge
Lived in
  • London
Died
Apr 18, 1683
Providence

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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