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
Roger Williams was famous as the leader and
founder of the Rhode Island Colony as a colony
for religious dissidents
When was Roger Williams born? He was born on
December 21, 1603
Where was Roger Williams born? He was born in
Smithfield, London, England.
His parents were James and Alice Williams. His
father was a tailor.
Roger 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
Whist Roger Williams was studying at Cambridge
he became a Puritan.
After finishing his studies Roger became the
chaplain to a wealthy Puritan, Sir William
Roger Williams married Mary Barnard (1609–76) on
December 15, 1629 - they had six children
together all of whom were born in America.
Roger 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 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.
Roger Williams refused to work in the Boston
Church, instead he went to the Plymouth Colony
and eventually on to join the Salem church
In 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.
Despite their differences, during the Pequot
War, Roger Williams gave considerable help to
the Massachusetts colony in his negotiations
with the Narragansett Indians.
He wanted to set up a democratic land
association and in 1643 he went to England to
secure a charter for Providence
William 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 united the colony and served as
Anne Hutchinson and her followers left Boston in
1638 and joined the settlement that had been
established by Roger Williams at Providence,
Roger Williams died on April 1, 1683 in