Roger Williams

1603 - 1684

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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 and Providence Plantations and later the U.S. State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, now the State of Rhode Island. He was a staunch advocate for religious freedom, separation of church and state, and fair dealings with Native Americans.Williams was expelled by the Puritan leaders from the Massachusetts Bay Colony for spreading "new and dangerous ideas," and established Providence Plantations in 1636 as a refuge offering what he termed "liberty of conscience." In 1638, he founded the First Baptist Church in America, in Providence. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Roger Williams has received more than 1,377,088 page views. His biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 21 in 2019). Roger Williams is the 9,887th most popular politician (up from 10,121st in 2019), the 2,227th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 2,266th in 2019) and the 344th most popular British Politician.

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Among politicians, Roger Williams ranks 9,887 out of 15,710Before him are Andrés Pastrana Arango, Lucius Afranius, Vardanes I, Rashid Karami, C. N. Annadurai, and Sancha of Castile, Queen of Navarre. After him are Heinrich von Brentano, Charles Rivière-Hérard, Gottfried van Swieten, Ruy Barbosa, Count Richard Belcredi, and Ahmose-Sitkamose.

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Among people born in 1603, Roger Williams ranks 10Before him are Abu al-Ghazi Bahadur, Adam Olearius, Aert van der Neer, Francesco Furini, Michel Le Tellier, and Yerofey Khabarov. After him are Fasilides, Johannes Cocceius, Gysbert Japiks, and Friedrich Wilhelm II, Duke of Saxe-Altenburg. Among people deceased in 1684, Roger Williams ranks 14Before him are Anne Gonzaga, Antoine Gombaud, Josefa de Óbidos, Duchess Marie Elisabeth of Saxony, Johann Rosenmüller, and Maria d'Este. After him is William Brouncker, 2nd Viscount Brouncker.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Roger Williams ranks 2,227 out of 6,924Before him are Lulu (1948), Tim Hunt (1943), William Buckland (1784), Tania Mallet (1941), Bernard Fox (1927), and James Whale (1889). After him are Alan Lancaster (1949), James Galway (1939), Quentin Skinner (1940), Andrew Lang (1844), William of Malmesbury (1080), and Frederick Copleston (1907).

Among POLITICIANS In United Kingdom

Among politicians born in United Kingdom, Roger Williams ranks 344Before him are John Turner (1929), Lambert Simnel (1477), Louisa Adams (1775), John Owen (1616), Rædwald of East Anglia (550), and David Trimble (1944). After him are Princess Mary, Duchess of Gloucester and Edinburgh (1776), Princess Alexandra, 2nd Duchess of Fife (1891), Prince Alexander of Yugoslavia (1924), Lord Leopold Mountbatten (1889), Ernst Wilhelm Bohle (1903), and Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton (1831).