William was born Aug. 24, 1759, Hull, York Shire, England. His parents were Robert Wilberforce and Elizabeth Wilberforce. He had three sisters Elizabeth, Ann, and Sarah (but most people called her Sally). Sadly only William and Sally lived to be grownups. When he was a child he made a lasting relationship with the future prime minister William Pit the younger. He studied at Cambridge University. In 1790 William Wilberforce became a Christian. His wife was Barbra Spooner Wilberforce. He had three sons Samuel, Robert, and Hennery. William died on July 29, 1833, London in Minister Abbey. He was buried next to his best friend Prime Minister William Pitt the younger.
William did a lot of work to help other people and animals. He campaigned for the poor, uneducated, prison reforms, ending child labor, and founded the RSPCA (Royal Society of the Prevention of cruelty of animals). He also helped the missionaries that went to India. William was a religious English member of Parliament. He left a big legacy. William made a big impact on the bill to pass no slavery he died before the bill passed though. He had a book written about his life. Even though he died a long time ago his legacy lives on.
Awards during or after service.
William Wilberforce was elected parliament in 1784. Along with that he got his own statue. He helped pass the bill to stop slavery and was the first person to bring the attention of how unfair they were being with the slaves.
William Wilberforce had a bible verse that he depended on. It is Revelation 21:4
William Wilberforce had many quotes and he had three famous quotes. One of the three quotes is the picture at the top "You may choose to look the other way, but you can never say again that you did not know". The second one was "A private faith that does not act in the face of oppression is no faith at all". The last one is " It is the true duty of every man to promote the happiness of his fellow creaturs to the utmost of his power".
Some facts some people might not know about William Wilberforce is that he loved to help animals get the proper care they need and because of that he found the R.S.P.C.A. Another fact is that he was alive during the French revolution. He became a Parliament member when he was still a student. He was also the first person to introduce a bill to stop slavery.