English slaver and hymnist remembered for his repentant hymn, Amazing Grace.

He was born in 1724 and pressed into service of the English Navy. He was a slave, and slaver. Aboard a slaving ship, during a storm in 1748, he was converted to Christianity. Newton famously wondered about a god who would
...save a wretch like me
Despite conversion, he continued as a slaver for many years. Later he left the slave trade and (1764-1780) wrote many hymns, including Amazing Grace.

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