Ten fun facts about William Wilberforce

Fact 1
In 1785, William converted to become an evangelical Christian.

Fact 2
Until the Slave Trade of 1807 was passed, Wilberforce headed the campaign against slavery for 26 years.

Fact 3
A 2006 film called "Amazing Grace" was made about William Wilberforce and the stand he took against slavery.

Fact 4
His two sons published a five-volume biography about him in 1838.

Fact 5
He died only days after he had heard the passing of the abolition of slavery.

Fact 6
At the age of 21, he was elected as a Member of Parliament for Kingston upon Hull.

Fact 7
He had chronic eye problems, which may have been the reason he was not offered a ministerial position by his friend who became Prime Minister.

Fact 8
He brought two bills forward that were passed - a reduction sentence for woman convicted of treason and permitting the dissection of dead rapists, arsonists and thieves.

Fact 9
One of the causes he supported was the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Fact 10
He became wealthy after the passing of his uncle and grandfather in 1776 and 1777.

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Short about William Wilberforce
An English politician and philanthropist.

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