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William Wilberforce
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: 29 July 1833


  • William Wilberforce was an English politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to eradicate the slave trade
When did William Wilberforce die? / Died29 July 1833

William Wilberforce facts

  • A native of Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, he began his political career in 1780, eventually becoming the independent Member of Parliament for Yorkshire (1784–1812)
  • In 1785, he became an Evangelical Christian, which resulted in major changes to his lifestyle and a lifelong concern for reform
  • In 1787, he came into contact with Thomas Clarkson and a group of anti-slave-trade activists, including Granville Sharp, Hannah More and Charles Middleton
  • They pers귭 Wilberforce to take on the cause of abolition, and he soon became one of the leading English abolitionists
  • He headed the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade for twenty years until the passage of the Slave Trade Act of 1807
  • Wilberforce was convinced of the importance of religion, morality and education
  • He championed causes and campaigns such as the Society for the Suppression of Vice, British missionary work in India, the creation of a free colony in Sierra Leone, the foundation of the Church Mission Society, and the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
  • His underlying conservatism led him to support politically and socially controversial legislation, and resulted in criticism that he was ignoring injustices at home while campaigning for the enslaved abroad
  • In later years, Wilberforce supported the campaign for the complete abolition of slavery, and continued his involvement after 1826, when he resigned from Parliament because of his failing health
  • That campaign led to the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, which abolished slavery in most of the British Empire; Wilberforce died just three days after hearing that the passage of the Act through Parliament was assured

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