William Wilberforce By wiles johnson

William Wilberforce was born in Hull, England. He was born into a wealthy family. As a child, he was not very strong. He moved to London at a young age. There, he lived with some of his nonconformist relatives. His mother brought him back to Hull at the age of 12. She wanted him to be raised in a traditional Anglican Church.
At the age of 18, he went St. John's College, Cambridge University. When he was a student, his early religious intensity had diminished and he lived a carefree life. William was not a great student, for he had come into an inheritance and felt that he didn't need to work that hard.
When he was at St. John's, he met William Pitt the Younger. William Pitt, who later would become the Prime Minister, would remain good friends and a loyal supporter except during the war with France.
As his time at St. John's was ending, he decided to run for parliament. He won and entered parliament at the young age of 21. He said that he would be independent, but he leaned toward the Tory party. After he had spent four years in parliament, he traveled to Europe with his sister and Mother.
It was during their trip that the religious urge returned to William. He became a committed Christian for the rest of his life. When he returned to England, He spoke with John Newton, A leading Anglican churchman. This encouraged him to lead a religious life.
In 1786, William was invited to take a role in the abolitionist movement. The Leaders of the campaign wanted Wilberforce to be their figurehead for passing legislation through parliament. In 1789 Wilberforce argued that slavery was a matter of great injustice. He was very passionate on the subject.
They lost the vote and after he spent a year raising awareness, they tried again. They failed again. After the war with France in 1793, the mood swung for the cause of abolitionist. Following the death of William Pitt in 1806, William tried once more. They first made it illegal to trade slaves with France. This effectively ended 75% of slave trade.
In 1807, the law was finally passed to make all slave trade illegal. This was good, but not all slaves where free. For the rest of his life, Wilberforce campaigned to end slavery in Africa. Just days before his death, Wilberforce got the news that on 26 July 1833, the Slaver Abolition Act was passed. Slaves where finally free.
William married late in life to Barbara Ann Spooner. In the span of ten years they had six children.
"And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation." Mark 16:15 "God Almighty has set before me two great objects, the suppression of the slave trade and the reformation of manner." William Wilberforce
Work Cited: "BBC-History-WilliamWilberforce." BBC News. BBC, n.d. Web. 23 Apr. 2017http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figurs/wilberforce_william.shtml. & "William Wilberforce biography." Biography Online. N.p.,N.d. Web 23 Apr. 2017.<http://www.biographyonline.net/politicians/us/williamwilberforce.html.>

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