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William Wilberforce

Birthplace: Kingston Upon Hull, Yorkshire, England (United Kingdom)
Death: July 29, 1833 (73)
London, England (United Kingdom)
Place of Burial: London, Greater London, UK
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Wilberforce and Elizabeth Wilberforce
Husband of Barbara Spooner Wilberforce and Barbara Anne Wilberforce
Father of Barbara Wilberforce; Elizabeth James; William Wilberforce; Robert Isaac Wilberforce; Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Winchester and 1 other
Brother of Sarah Stephen; Anne Wilberforce and Elizabeth Ann Wilberforce

Occupation: Liberator of the slaves
Managed by: William Hamilton Codrington Nation
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About William Wilberforce


William Wilberforce (24 August 1759 – 29 July 1833) was a British politician, a philanthropist and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. 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 underwent a conversion experience and became an evangelical Christian, resulting 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 persuaded 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-six years until the passage of the Slave Trade Act 1807.

Wilberforce was convinced of the importance of religion, morality and education. He championed causes and campaigns such as the Society for 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 repressive 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. He was buried in Westminster Abbey, close to his friend William Pitt.

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William Wilberforce's Timeline

August 24, 1759
Yorkshire, England
November 25, 1764
Age 5
Yorkshire, England
July 21, 1798
YORK North Yorkshire England
YORK North Yorkshire England
January 19, 1801
York, York, England, United Kingdom
December 19, 1802
London, Middlesex, England
September 7, 1805
York, Yorkshire, England UK
September 22, 1807
YORK North Yorkshire England
July 29, 1833
Age 73
London, England