The Great Separatist

Roger Williams

"God requireth not a uniformity of religion."

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I am a religious and political leader and I'm best remembered for finding the state of Rhode Island and recommending separation of church and state. Many disapproved with my views on religious freedom and they also didn't like how I didn't approve the practice of confiscating land from the Native Americans. The church was really angry at me because of that so I decided to banish from the colony.

After I banished I settled on Narragansett Bay with my followers but we first had to purchase land from the Narragansett Indians. In the new land we established a new colony which was governed by the principles of religious liberty and separation of the church and state. Quakers, Jews, and Baptists went to Rhode Island for refuge. I inspired the founders of the United States and they included the separation between the church and state into the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

Personal life & Brief Biography

I was born on December 21, 1603 in Smithfield, London, England. My parents were James and Alice Williams. I was very smart when I was a little kid and I was taught a lot by Sir Edward Coke. Sir Edward Coke helped me receive a good education while I was in school. When I decided to become a Puritan i was going to school at Cambridge.

After my studies I married Mary Barnard. I had six children with her and they were all born in America. My wife and I then decided to leave England and go to the New World. I never lost my belief in religious freedom and the separation of church and state. A book that is written about me also is "Roger Williams and the creation of the American Soul: Church, State, and the Birth of Liberty".


"The book really shows what Roger Williams was all about and what he did to help others feel liberty!" - Ada Escoto Berrios

"Roger William was born to be a separatist! He had that courage to tell others what he thought." - Ada Escoto Berrios