William Wilberforce Biography

Philanthropist (1759–1833)
William Wilberforce was a British politician who spent his life fighting to end slavery in the UK and abroad.


William Wilberforce’s abolitionism was derived in part from evangelical Christianity, to which he was converted in 1784–85. Wilberforce helped to found the Society for Effecting the Abolition of the Slave Trade. In the House of Commons, he was a tireless sponsor of antislavery legislation, and in 1789 he introduced 12 resolutions against the slave trade. In 1807, he finally achieved success.

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