William Wilberforce Ashley Whitaker

William Wilberforce was born on August 24th, 1759 in Hull. His parents were Robert and Elizabeth Wilberforce. He had three sisters, Anne, Elizabeth, and Sarah (often called Sally). William and Sarah were the only two kids that survived to adulthood. When he was only eight years old, his father passed away. His mother became sick, so she sent him to live with his aunt, Hannah, and his uncle, William, in London.
William went to Hull Grammar School as a child. Later, he was sent to board at Pocklington Grammar School where he did well in Latin, English, and History. When he was only 17 years old, he went to Cambridge University. Within five years, he graduated and was determined to be a Member of the Parliament.
William was married to Barbara Spooner in April 1797. He was thirty seven when married. Barbara had the same beliefs as William did. They had six children but only four are mentioned, William, Robert, Samuel, and Henry. William was born in 1798. Robert was born in 1802. Samuel and Henry were both born in 1807.

At a young age, William was a big Christ enthusiast. He worked to serve the Lord. He worked for the Translatic Slave Trade in Europe, Africa, and the Americas. He worked for the Abolition Movement in Britain. Another one was the Clapham Sect in London. He helped the poor and ended the Slave Act.

"I must speak of the transit of the slaves in the West Indies. This I confess, in my own opinion, is the most wrecked in so little room, is more than the human imagination had ever before conceived." ~William Wilberforce speaking before the House of Commons in 1789

William Wilberforce has his own monument, house, and museum named after him.

  • his nickname is "Nightingale of the Commons" because of his public speaking
  • he was elected to represent the citizens of Hull at age 21
  • he was friends with William Pitt the younger
  • he was a member of parliament for Yorkshire
  • he was a Methodist
  • he almost quit politics after becoming a Christian, but John Newton and Pitt convinced him to stay to work for God
  • Thomas Clarkson, the abolitionist, was a big influence on Wilberforce
  • approximately 70 cases were advanced from him
a bible verse that reminds me of him is Colossians 3:23, Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the lord, not for human masters.
William passed away July 29, 1833 at the age of 73. He died in Westminster, London. He was buried near his friend William Pitt the younger. He died shortly after the act to free slaves in the British Empire passed through the House of Commons.
  • Citations:
  • "William Wilberforce." mylearning. NP. ND. WEB. 23 April 2017.
  • "BBC-History-William Wilberforce." bbc.co.uk. NP. ND. WEB. 23 April 2017.

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