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Born: December 21, 1603

Died: 1683 (aged 79)

Occupation: Minister, statesman, author, preacher, liberal

Bio: Roger Williams was an English Protestant theologian who was an early proponent of religious freedom and the separation of church and state. In 1636, he began the colony of Providence Plantation, which provided a refuge for religious minorities. Williams started the first Baptist church in America, the First Baptist Church of Providence.

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