William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce

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  • He was born on the 24th of August 1759 in Kingston upon Hull, the son of a wealthy merchant. 
  • He went to Cambridge University and became friends with future Prime Minister William Pitt.
  • In 1780 he started his political career and eventually became an MP for Yorkshire.
  • In 1806, he sends Parliament his first anti-slavery bill which showed how bad slavery was, to abolish the slave trade.
  •  After William Pitt died in 1807, the slave trade was abolished and was made illegal, but this did not help the ones that were already enslaved.
  • In 1833 the Slavery Abolition Act was passed in parliament and all slaves in the British Empire were granted freedom. William Wilberforce died 3 days later because of the flu and was buried near William Pitt.
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