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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.


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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William, 1759–1833, British statesman, philanthropist, and writer.
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The story of William Wilberforce is a gift to all who fight for freedom.
Kathryn McKee, librarian at St John's College, where anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce was a student, said: "Though appalling to our eyes, for those involved, these were matterof-fact business transactions.
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The flag was hoisted to mark Yorkshire Day, August 1, the day slavery was abolished across the British Empire following the tireless campaign of William Wilberforce.
As William Wilberforce said, "You may choose to look the other way, but you can never again say that you did not know.
The city's Hands On History Museum, a former school where anti-slavery hero William Wilberforce was a pupil, already takes only pre-booked visits because the council says it needs to save money.
In the late 18th and early 19th centuries William Wilberforce was a member of parliament and an unwavering voice of truth across England who was very influential in the abolition of the slave trade and eventually slavery itself in the British Empire.
4 AMAZING GRACE (2006) IDEALIST William Wilberforce (Ioan Gruffudd) makes his way through Parliament in an effort to end the British transatlantic slave trade.
Details of exactly what happened in an ordinary house in Lambeth are still to emerge but, 200 years on from the abolitionist William Wilberforce, it is clear that slavery is still here, hidden in our midst.
WILLIAM Wilberforce, reformer and grandfather of Ernest, the first bishop of Newcastle, is known for the abolition of the Slave Trade.
Can one imagine the circumstances in which William Wilberforce would have campaigned not for the abolition of slavery, but the abolition of human trafficking?
The book investigates the philanthropic, imperial, and economic motivations behind the abolitionist campaigns of William Wilberforce and Thomas Clarkson, exploring the impact of anti-slavery policies favoring imperial expansion and questioning why anti-slavery ideologies failed to halt hardening attitudes toward Africans.