William Wilberforce

Abolitionist William Wilberforce

Profession: Abolitionist

United Kingdom

Why Famous: Following a conversion experience and becoming an evangelical Christian he 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 of 1807.

Born: August 24, 1759
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England
Star Sign: Virgo

Died: July 29, 1833 (aged 73)
Cause of Death: Influenza

Married Life

  • 1797-05-30 Abolitionist William Wilberforce (37) weds Barbara Spooner (25) at St Swithins Church in Walcot, Bath

Historical Events in the Life of William Wilberforce

  • 1789-05-12 William Wilberforce makes his first major speech on abolition in the UK House of Commons, reasoning the slave trade morally reprehensible and an issue of natural justice

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