An evangelical Christian and social reformer, Wilberforce dedicated himself to the 'suppression of
by Sir Thomas Lawrence
Wilberforce is remembered as the leader of the abolition campaign in British history. This is probably due to his success in calling for a debate in the House of Commons, at the expense of other activists such as Sharp, Clarkson and Equiano. It seems that this partly came about because of the biography written by his two sons. Their five-volume narrative eradicated the true nature of Clarkson's work. Clarkson wrote an extensive rebuke, for which he received much support at the time, but it was Wilberforce's sons' weighty volume that came to influence the writing of British history.