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William Wilberforce

Abolitionist William Wilberforce

Profession: Abolitionist

United Kingdom

Biography: Following a conversion experience and becoming an evangelical Christian he became one of the leading English abolitionists.

Wilberforce headed the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade for 26 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

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Married Life

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

Historical Events

  • 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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