Abolitionist William WilberforceAbolitionist William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce

Full Name: William Wilberforce
Nationality: British

Profession: Abolitionist
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: 24th August, 1759
Star Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England

Died: 29th July, 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 the subject of abolition in the House of Commons, in which he reasons that the trade was morally reprehensible and an issue of natural justice

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