Granville Sharp

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Birthday
10, 1735
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jul 6, 1813 (77)
Birth Sign
Scorpio
Birthday
10, 1735
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Jul 6, 1813 (77)

About

Remembered as a founder of the West African Republic of Sierra Leone, Sharpe is famous as one of the first Englishmen to call for the end to the slave trade.

Before Fame

After completing an apprenticeship with a London draper, he entered the civil service as an employee of the Tower of London.

Trivia

His numerous abolitionist-themed publications include A Representation of the Injustice and Dangerous Tendency of Tolerating Slavery (1769); Free English Territory in Africa (1790); and A Letter to a Gentleman in Maryland Respecting the Extreme Wickedness of Tolerating the Slave Trade (1793).

Family Life

Born to author and theologian Thomas Sharp, he grew up in Durham, England, with thirteen siblings.

Associated With

An accomplished musician as well as a businessman and abolitionist, Sharp, whose brother William was the personal physician to King George III, was described by the king as having the most beautiful bass voice in all of England.