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Roger Williams

English Protestant theologian and founder of the colony of Providence Plantation

1603   -   1684 or 1683

country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: Pembroke College, Charterhouse School
occupation: theologian, politician, grammarian
position held: colonial governor of Rhode Island, captain

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Roger Williams (c. 21 December 1603 – between 27 January and 15 March 1683) was a Puritan minister, theologian, and author who founded Providence Plantations, which became the Colony of Rhode Island. He was a staunch advocate for religious freedom, separation of church and state, and fair dealings with Native Americans, and he was one of the first abolitionists.Williams was expelled by the Puritan leaders from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for spreading "new and dangerous ideas", and he established the Providence Plantations in 1636 as a refuge offering what he called "liberty of conscience". In 1638, he founded the First Baptist Church in America, also known as the First Baptist Church of Providence. He studied the Native American languages and wrote the first book on the Narragansett language, and he organized the first attempt to prohibit slavery in any of England's North American colonies.
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A Key Into the Language of America

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author: Roger Williams


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