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 Issues | Church History | William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce (1759-1833)
Philanthropist and MP

Summary

  • Born 24 August 1759 in Hull. His father was a merchant descended from the ancient Yorkshire family of Wilberfoss.
  • Attended grammar school in Hull.
  • 1768 his father died and he moved to school in Wimbledon looked after by his uncle.
  • His mother moved him back to Pocklington because of his aunt’s Methodist views.
  • 1776 St. John’s College, Cambridge, being only seventeen years of age.
  • 1784 Became MP for York.
  • 1787 First began to campaign again slavery in Parliament
  • 1781 Graduated and almost immediately elected MP for Hull.
  • c1784 Began to devote himself to the reformation of manners, suppression of vice and the slave trade.
  • 1807 Abolition Bill passed making the slave trade illegal (though slavery still remained)
  • 1812 Became MP for Bamber.
  • 1824 Retired from Parliament.
  • 1833 Emancipation Act passed thereby abolishing slavery in the British colonies
  • 29 July 1833 died at Cadogan Place, London.

                        

Biography of Wilberforce by Michael Henell
(Great Churchmen No 17 - Church Book Room Press)

          

 

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