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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 53. Chapters: Roger Williams, Benedict Arnold, Edmund Andros, William Hutchinson, Stephen Hopkins, William Greene, Samuel Ward, William Coddington, John Coggeshall, Nicholas Easton, Josias Lyndon, William Wanton, Gideon Wanton, Peleg Sanford, Richard Ward, John Wanton, Joseph Wanton, Caleb Carr, Samuel Cranston, William Coddington, Jr., John Cranston, William Brenton, John Easton, Joseph Jenckes, Henry Bull, Walter Clarke, Joseph Whipple. Excerpt: Roger Williams (near 1603 - between January and February 1683) 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, before leaving to become a Seeker. He was a student of Native American languages and an advocate for fair dealings with Native Americans. Williams was born in Cowley, Middlesex, England on 21 Dec. 1603. At age 12 he had a conversion experience of which his father disapproved. His father, James Williams (1562-1620), was a merchant tailor in Smithfield, England. His mother was Alice Pemberton (1564-1634). As a teenager Williams apprenticed with Sir Edward Coke (1552-1634), the famous jurist, and under Coke's patronage, Williams was educated at Charterhouse and also at Pembroke College, Cambridge (B.A., 1627). He seemed to have had a gift for languages, and early acquired familiarity with Latin, Hebrew, Greek, Dutch, and French. Years later he gave John Milton lessons in Dutch in exchange for refresher lessons in Hebrew. Although he took Holy Orders in the Church of England, he had become a Puritan at Cambridge, forfeiting any chance at a place of preferment in the Anglican church. After graduating from Cambri...
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