William Wilberforce


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  • William Wilberforce was born on the 24th of August 1759 in Hull, UK. Soon, during his education at Cambridge he began a friendship with William Pitt, the future Prime Minister
  • In 1780, Wilberforce became part of the parliament for Hull. His lifestyle changed drastically when he changed to a Christian and in 1790 he joined a group of other Christians called Clapham Sect.
  • William Wilberforce was really inspired by the abolitionist, Thomas Clarkson. Wilberforce and some other people were protesting against the British slave trade. This campaign went on for 18 years! In 1807 the slave trade was abolished and in 1833 all current British slaves were granted freedom.
  • In 1802, during his efforts to stop the slave trade, Wilberforce worked with Hannah More to help children with an education in reading, better hygiene, and religion.
  • Wilberforce was working closely with the Royal Society for the Prevention to the Cruelty to Animals. He also encouraged Christians to go to India.
  • Sadly, Wilberforce died on 29 July 1833, after retiring from politics in 1825. He was buried in Hull near his friend, William Pitt the Younger.
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