William Wilberforce (1759-1833) was an English politician and philanthropist who was a leader in the movement to abolish the transatlantic slave trade and slavery. Born in Hull, England, Wilberforce was a member of the British Parliament who became committed to ending the slave trade and slavery. He worked tirelessly for decades to pass legislation that would abolish the slave trade, and his efforts were finally successful in 1807 when the British Parliament passed the Slave Trade Act, which banned the transatlantic slave trade. Wilberforce continued his work to abolish slavery itself, and he was instrumental in passing the Slave Emancipation Act of 1833, which freed hundreds of thousands of slaves in the British Empire. Wilberforce was also a philanthropist and religious leader, and he is remembered as one of the greatest social reformers in British history. His legacy continues to inspire new generations of Christians who are committed to promoting justice and equality in the world.