William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce

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  • William Wilberforce was born on 24th August 1759 in Hull. He studies and graduated from the university of Cambridge. Where he made a strong friendship with future Prime minister William Pitt.
  • In the summer of 1768 Wilberforce went to live with his Aunt and Uncle after his mother was struggling financially, whilst Wilberforce was there he received many influences from his uncle and aunt to becoming a devoted Christian.
  • William Wilberforce was struggling with his life and trying to put it back together so he read a book called " A serious call to devout and holy life" after reading it he was encouraged by it to becoming a devoted Christian, He then later on married Barbara Spooner a devoted Christian.
  • After his change to Christianity, Wilberforce was influenced and asked by Thomas Clarkson to help in the slave abolitionist movement. With the help of his old friend William Pitt, who became Prime Minister , later on Wilberforce became leader of The Society for the Abolition of Slavery.
  • Wilberforce tried countless of times to end Britain’s involvement in the slave trade. Finally, after many years of unsuccessful tries, he succeeded his goal to end the slave trade in Britain on 25th March, 1807. However, Wilberforce act only made the slavery illegal in Britain but he tried many more times to stop it around the world.
  • Wilberforce retired from politics in 1825 and died on 29 July 1933, Wilberforce died shortly after the act to free slaves in the British empire and many other places around the world. He was later buried near his friend Pitt(Old Prime Minister) in Westminster Alley
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