William Wilberforce

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William Wilberforce

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Name: William Wilberforce
Date of Birth: 24 August, 1759
Service: n/a; sits in House of Commons
Nationality: British


William Wilberforce was active in the Abolition movement in Britain, leading the movement since before 1790. He was a strong political ally of Lord Allendale, and his visits to Wollaton Hall made a lasting impression on a young William Laurence.

In 1807, after a bill to ban the slave trade was defeated in the House of Lords following a speech by Nelson, Wilberforce recruited William Laurence as a spokesman and visible figure for the abolition movement. His intention was to use Laurence's standing as a hero of the Battle of Dover as a counter to Nelson's influence.