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William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce was an English politician,  philanthropist, and a leader of the movement to stop the  slave trade. In 1787, he came into contact with a group of anti-slave-trade activists, who persuaded Wilberforce to take on the cause of abolition, and he soon became one of the leading English abolitionists. He headed the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade for twenty years until the passage of the Slave Trade Act of 1807. Wilberforce supported the campaign for the complete abolition of slavery, leading to the  Slavery Abolition Act of 1833, which abolished slavery in most of the British Empire.