William Wilberforce was an English politician, philanthropist, and advocate for the abolition of the slave trade. He served in Parliament from 1780 to 1825. During this time he headed the legislative campaign against the slave trade until the Slave Trade Act of 1807 was passed.
Wilberforce felt a deep connection to religion, education, and morality in all things. He wished to instill these values in public life and was a champion of abolition until his death in 1833. Without him, the Slavery Abolition Act of 1833, which outlawed all slavery in the British Empire, would not have been a reality.