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 (wĭl′bər-fôrs′), William 1759-1833.
British politician. As a member of Parliament (1780-1825) he successfully led the campaign for the Slave Trade Act (1807), which abolished the slave trade in the British Empire.
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1. (Biography) Samuel. 1805–73, British Anglican churchman; bishop of Oxford (1845–69) and Winchester (1869–73)
2. (Biography) his father, William. 1759–1833, British politician and philanthropist, whose efforts secured the abolition of the slave trade (1807) and of slavery (1833) in the British Empire
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(ˈwɪl bərˌfɔrs, -ˌfoʊrs)

William, 1759–1833, British statesman, philanthropist, and writer.
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"Well, Wilberforce was perhaps not enough of a thinker; but if I went into Parliament, as I have been asked to do, I should sit on the independent bench, as Wilberforce did, and work at philanthropy."
Wilberforce's, whose politics he admired, and had that famous correspondence with the Reverend Silas Hornblower, on the Ashantee Mission.
Disraeli once described the manner of Bishop Wilberforce as "unctuous, oleaginous, saponaceous." And the good prelate was ever afterward known as Soapy Sam.
It's always best to do the humane thing, sir; that's been my experience." And the trader leaned back in his chair, and folded his arm, with an air of virtuous decision, apparently considering himself a second Wilberforce.
Self-emancipation even in the West Indian provinces of the fancy and imagination -- what Wilberforce is there to bring that about?
The Ladykillers, Theatre by the Lake, Keswick (Till Oct 30) The classic story of landlady Mrs Wilberforce - who opens her home to a string quartet who are not quite what they seem - was a smash hit Ealing comedy in 1955.
Adapted by Father Ted author Graham Lineham and based on the 1955 Ealing comedy starring Alec Guinness, the Ladykillers focuses on a disparate gang of hardened criminals who rent a room in the home of Mrs Wilberforce and from where they hatch a plan to execute a daring security van robbery at the nearby King's Cross Station.
Rookery House was the former home of William Wilberforce and where he planned his anti-slavery campaigns.
Rookery House was where William Wilberforce planned his anti-slavery campaigns.
Substitute Wilberforce Lugogo came off the bench to score the winner in the 72nd minute after Ugandan William Wadri had cancelled out Meddie Kagere's first half opener from the spot in the 55th minute.
Stonewall will play Wilberforce Wanderers in a top of the table clash as part of the FA's "In Pursuit of Progress" plan which is designed to ensure the diversity of those leading and governing football better reflects those playing the game.
Freeman came out of Wilberforce Collegians, an important band in jazz history formed in 1926 at Wilberforce University in Ohio, with famous alumni like Benny Carter, Frank Foster and Ben Webster.