Born: December 21, 1603, Long Lane, London, England.
Died: April 1, 1683, Providence, Rhode Island.
Buried: Under his statue in Prospect Terrace Park, Providence, Rhode Island.
Williams attended the University of Cambridge, and emigrated to America in 1630.
Due to disagreements with the local authorities, he fled to Rhode Island in 1636.
In 1644, he obtained a charter for the Providence Plantations, to which persecuted Jews, Quakers, and other minorities flocked.
Though not known as a hymn writer, Williams included a number of moralistic poems in his study of the Narragansett Indian language (A Key into the Language of America, 1643).