Biography of William Wilberforce


Wilberforce, William. Was born 1759. Philanthropist. Entered parliament in 1780, and seven years later entered upon the movement against the slave trade, his abolition motion in 1789 gaining the support of the leaders of every party in the House, though it was not carried for 18 years. Just before his death, slavery itself was abolished in the British dominions. Wilberforce died in 1833.