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This article contains a short biography and fast facts and information about the early American colonist, Roger Williams. Who was Roger Williams and why was he famous? Roger Williams was famous as a leader of the Rhode Island Colony. Roger Williams (1603 - 1683) was a Puritan dissident and theologian who left England to migrate to the New World. He was a supporter of religious freedom and the separation of church and state. In 1636 his strong views clashed with those of John Winthrop, the governor of Massachusetts who banished him from the strictly Puritan colony. Roger Williams fled the Massachusetts Colony and established a colony for religious dissidents, which later became the state of Rhode Island. Rhode Island earned the nickname of 'Rogue Island' due to its mixture of settlers from all religious backgrounds.

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Roger Williams Fact 1Roger Williams was famous as the leader and founder of the Rhode Island Colony as a colony for religious dissidents
Roger Williams Fact 2When was Roger Williams born? He was born on December 21, 1603
Roger Williams Fact 3Where was Roger Williams born? He was born in Smithfield, London, England.
Roger Williams Fact 4His parents were James and Alice Williams. His father was a tailor.
Roger Williams Fact 5Roger Williams was a bright child and became apprenticed to a famous lawyer names Sir Edward Coke. Sir Edward Coke became his patron providing the means for Roger to receive a good education at Charterhouse and also at Pembroke College, Cambridge  
Roger Williams Fact 6Whist Roger Williams was studying at Cambridge he became a Puritan.
Roger Williams Fact 7After finishing his studies Roger became the chaplain to a wealthy Puritan, Sir William Macham.
Roger Williams Fact 8Roger Williams married Mary Barnard (160976) on December 15, 1629 - they had six children together all of whom were born in America.
Roger Williams Fact 9Roger and Mary Williams decided to leave England for the New World and arrived at Boston in the colony of Massachusetts on February 5, 1631
Roger Williams Fact 10Roger Williams believed in religious freedom, and the separation of church and state. Puritans such as John Winthrop believed in a government and society tied to the church.

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Roger Williams Fact 11Roger Williams refused to work in the Boston Church, instead he went to the Plymouth Colony and eventually on to join the Salem church
Roger Williams Fact 12In 1635, he was banished from Massachusetts for his teachings and went to Rhode Island, where he founded Providence. In keeping with his beliefs. Jews and Quakers later settled in Rhode Island.
Roger Williams Fact 13Despite their differences, during the Pequot War, Roger Williams gave considerable help to the Massachusetts colony in his negotiations with the Narragansett Indians.
Roger Williams Fact 14He wanted to set up a democratic land association and in 1643 he went to England to secure a charter for Providence
Roger Williams Fact 15William Coddington had received a land grant from England which split the colony. In 1652 Williams returned to England and got Coddington's land title annulled.
Roger Williams Fact 16Roger Williams united the colony and served as its president
Roger Williams Fact 17Anne Hutchinson and her followers left Boston in 1638 and joined the settlement that had been established by Roger Williams at Providence, Rhode Island
Roger Williams Fact 18Roger Williams died on April 1, 1683 in Providence

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