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WILLIAMS, Thomas, clergyman, born in Pomfret, Connecticut, 5 November, 1779; died in Providence, Rhode Island, 29 September, 1876. He studied for two years at Williams, then entered Yale, was graduated in 1800, and taught at Beverly, Massachusetts, and Woodstock and Norwich, Connecticut, till 1803, when he opened a school for colored pupils in Boston, Massachusetts He was there. licensed in order to act as chaplain of the almshouse, was sent to New York state as a missionary in the same year, and repeated his tour in 1804 and 1805, after being ordained as an evangelist on 16 May, 1804. From 1807 till his death, except while officiating as pastor at Foxborough, Massachusetts, in 1816-'21, at Attleborough in 1823-'7, at Hebronville in 1827-'30, and at Barrington, Rhode Island, in 1835, he resided mainly at Providence, and, while holding no charge, preached to colored people and others through the state of Rhode Island. He drafted the articles of faith and the rules of the Rhode Island evangelical consociation, and was its first scribe. Of his many printed sermons, some of which were signed by the pen-name "Demens Egomet," one was called "An Explicit Avowal of Nothingarianism," another had the title "Jehovah, or Uni-trini-tarianism." and others commemorated the first settlement of Rhode Island and the revival of religion in 1740. Several volumes of collected sermons were issued at, various times.
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