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.
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