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List of famous orators, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top orators in the world? This includes the most prominent orators, living and dead, both in America and abroad. You might also be interested in famous public speakers and famous motivational speakers. This list of notable orators is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic orators were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned orators.

The list you're viewing is made up of many great orators, like Winston Churchill and Frederick Douglass.

From reputable, prominent, and well known orators to the lesser known orators of today, these are some of the best professionals in the orator field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous orators ever?" and "What are the names of famous orators?" then you're in the right place. 

Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Orators
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Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA was a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century, Churchill was also an officer in the ...more

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Age: Died at 91 (1874-1965)

Birthplace: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, United Kingdom

Profession: Statesman, Painter, Politician, Journalist Orator, + more

Credits: Young Winston, Churchill's People, The First World War, The Finest Hours

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#7 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#28 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#44 on Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person

#14 on The Most Influential People of the Cold War

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Frederick Douglass is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Orators
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Frederick Douglass was an African-American social reformer, orator, abolitionist, writer, and statesman. After escaping from slavery, he became a leader of the abolitionist movement, gaining note for his dazzling oratory and incisive antislavery writing. He stood as a living counter-example to ...more

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Birthplace: Maryland, United States of America

Profession: Statesman, Publisher, Orator, Author Writer

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#76 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

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Cicero is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Orators
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Marcus Tullius Cicero was a Roman philosopher, politician, lawyer, orator, political theorist, consul and constitutionalist. He came from a wealthy municipal family of the Roman equestrian order, and is widely considered one of Rome's greatest orators and prose stylists. His influence on the Latin ...more

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Age: Died at 63 (105 BC-42 BC)

Birthplace: Arpinum, Rome

Profession: Statesman, Politician, Orator, Writer Philosopher, + more

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Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Orators
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Martin Luther King is a fictional character in the film Theme of the Traitor and the Hero. ...more

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Age: Died at 39 (1929-1968)

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Profession: Civil rights activist, Writer, Minister of religion

Credits: Freedom Writers, I Am Curious (Yellow), The UCLA Dynasty, Pariah

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#39 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#67 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#8 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#15 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Orators
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John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, John Kennedy or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. He served from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Major events during his presidency include the Bay of Pigs Invasion, ...more

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Age: Died at 46 (1917-1963)

Birthplace: Eastern United States, Brookline, New England, Norfolk County United States of America, + more

Profession: Politician, Soldier, Screenwriter, Military Officer Author, + more

Credits: A Profile in Courage, The Sixties, The Age of Kennedy, Part I: The Early Years

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#46 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#4 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#13 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

#95 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Orators
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William Jennings Bryan was a dominant force in the populist wing of the Democratic Party, standing three times as the Party's candidate for President of the United States. He served two terms as a member of the United States House of Representatives from Nebraska and was United States Secretary of ...more

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Age: Died at 65 (1860-1925)

Birthplace: Illinois, United States of America, United States, with Territories Marion County, + more

Profession: Statesman, Politician, Orator, Lawyer

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#70 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

#39 on The Most Influential Politicians in American History

#30 on The Best Former US Secretaries of State of All Time

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Pericles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Orators
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Pericles was arguably the most prominent and influential Greek statesman, orator and general of Athens during the Golden Age— specifically the time between the Persian and Peloponnesian wars. He was descended, through his mother, from the powerful and historically influential Alcmaeonid ...more

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Age: Died at 66 (494 BC-428 BC)

Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Profession: Statesman, Politician, Orator, Soldier

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#98 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#50 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Orators
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Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States through its Civil War—its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional and political crisis. In doing so, he preserved the Union, ...more

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Age: Died at 56 (1809-1865)

Birthplace: Hodgenville, Kentucky, USA

Profession: Statesman, Politician, Lawyer

Credits: The Perfect Tribute, Atlanta Symphony Golden Anniversary, A Tribute to John F. Kennedy from the Arts, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

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#75 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#48 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#34 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#12 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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