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William Wilberforce

Philanthropist and abolitionist

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William Wilberforce (24 August 1759 – 29 July 1833) was a British politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. A native of Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, he began his political career in 1780, eventually becoming the independent Member of Parliament for Yorkshire (1784–1812). In 1785, he underwent a conversion experience and became an evangelical Christian, resulting in major changes to his lifestyle and a lifelong concern for reform.

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August 24, 1759
Kingston upon Hull
July 29, 1833
London
Abolitionists, Antislavery movements, Biography, Great Britain, History
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