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William Wilberforce was a British Philanthropist, Politician, and most notably one of the leading voices in the early-mid 19th century speaking out against the slave trade. Born in Kingston upon Hull in 1759, he went on to become the independent MP for Yorkshire, his main achievement during this time being the leadership of the successful campaign to pass the Slave Trade Act 1807. The total campaign leading up to this moment took 26 years.

Wilberforce was not just kind-hearted towards the slave cause; he worked hard during his career as an activist in the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and was a member of the executive board of the Church Mission Society.

Moving back to focus his attention on the slave trade, which despite his previous success was still prominent, William campaigned for the complete abolition of slavery, leading to the passage of the Slavery Abolition Act 1833. Just three days after hearing that this bill had been passed through Parliament, Wilberforce passed away due to ill health. He is buried in Westminster Abbey.