List of Famous Orators People

List of Famous Orators

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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. 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 different people, 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. (85 items)

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    Winston Churchill
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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
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    Frederick Douglass
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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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    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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    William Jennings Bryan
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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 State ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1860-1925)
    • Birthplace: Salem, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Statesman, Politician, Orator, Lawyer
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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 family. Pericles ...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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    Patrick Henry
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    Patrick Henry was an American attorney, planter and politician who became known as an orator during the movement for independence in Virginia in the 1770s. A Founding Father, he served as the first and sixth post-colonial Governor of Virginia, from 1776 to 1779 and from 1784 to 1786. Henry led the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1736-1799)
    • Birthplace: Hanover County, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Profession: Orator, Lawyer
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    Daniel Webster
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    Daniel Webster was a leading American senator and statesman during the era of the Second Party System. He was the outstanding spokesman for American nationalism with powerful oratory that made him a key Whig leader. He spoke for conservatives, and led the opposition to Democrat Andrew Jackson and his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1782-1852)
    • Birthplace: Salisbury, New Hampshire, United States of America
    • Profession: Statesman, Politician, Orator, Lawyer
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    Alcibiades, son of Cleinias, from the deme of Scambonidae, was a prominent Athenian statesman, orator, and general. He was the last famous member of his mother's aristocratic family, the Alcmaeonidae, which fell from prominence after the Peloponnesian War. He played a major role in the second half of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 46 (449 BC-403 BC)
    • Birthplace: Classical Athens
    • Profession: Statesman, Politician, Orator, Military Officer
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    G. K. Chesterton
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    Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG better known as G. K. Chesterton, was an English writer, lay theologian, poet, philosopher, dramatist, journalist, orator, literary and art critic, biographer, and Christian apologist. Chesterton is often referred to as the "prince of paradox." Time magazine, in a review ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1874-1936)
    • Birthplace: Kensington, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Journalist, Novelist, Writer, Philosopher
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    Edward Everett
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    Edward Everett was an American politician, pastor, educator, diplomat, and orator from Massachusetts. Everett, a Whig, served as U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, the 15th Governor of Massachusetts, Minister to Great Britain, and United States Secretary of State. He also taught at Harvard University ...more

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    • Age: Died at 71 (1794-1865)
    • Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Orator
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    George Herbert
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    George Herbert was a Welsh-born English poet, orator and Anglican priest. Herbert's poetry is associated with the writings of the metaphysical poets, and he is recognized as "a pivotal figure: enormously popular, deeply and broadly influential, and arguably the most skillful and important British ...more

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1593-1633)
    • Birthplace: Montgomery, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Priest, Poet, Orator, Writer
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    Dave Ulrich
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    David Olson Ulrich is a university professor, author, speaker, management coach, and management consultant. Ulrich is a professor of business at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan and co-founder of The RBL Group. He has written numerous books covering topics in human resources and ...more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Ely, Nevada, United States of America
    • Profession: Orator, Author
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    Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
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    Mirzā Ghulām Ahmad was the founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam. He claimed to be the Mujaddid of the Fourteenth Islamic century, the promised Messiah and Mahdi. His followers are known as Ahmadis. Ghulam Ahmad declared that Jesus had in fact survived crucifixion and migrated to Kashmir, where he ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1835-1908)
    • Birthplace: Qadian, India
    • Profession: Orator, Prophet
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    Michael Bruce Sterling is an American science fiction author who is best known for his novels and his work on the Mirrorshades anthology. This work helped to define the cyberpunk genre.more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Brownsville, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Futurist, Orator, Novelist, Author, Writer
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    Damian Conway is a member of the Perl community, a proponent of object-oriented programming, and the author of several books. He is also an adjunct associate professor in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University. Damian completed his BSc and PhD at Monash. He is perhaps best known for ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Victoria, DVD Region 4, Oceania, Australasia, Melbourne, + more
    • Profession: Programmer, Orator, Computer scientist, Author
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    John C. Maxwell
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    John Calvin Maxwell is an American author, speaker, and pastor who has written many books, primarily focusing on leadership. Titles include The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader: Becoming the Person Others Will Want to Follow. His books have sold millions ...more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Garden City, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Orator, Author, Pastor, Writer
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    José de Alencar
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    José Martiniano de Alencar was a Brazilian lawyer, politician, orator, novelist and dramatist. He is considered to be one of the most famous and influential Brazilian Romantic novelists of the 19th century, and a major exponent of the literary tradition known as "Indianism". Sometimes he signed his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1829-1877)
    • Birthplace: Fortaleza, Brazil
    • Profession: Politician, Orator, Writer, Lawyer, Playwright
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    Sharon Lechter
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    Sharon L. Lechter is an American accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant, author, businesswoman, investor, international speaker, financial literacy activist and philanthropist. Sharon Lechter is also the founder and CEO of Pay Your Family First, a financial education organization. In 2009 ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Profession: Certified Public Accountant, Businessperson, Orator, Investor, Entrepreneur, + more
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    Debra Peppers
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    Debra D. Peppers, Ph.D., is an educator, motivational speaker, television host on WTJR and radio co-host on KJSL/KYFI. She was educated at the University of Alabama and Webster University. In 1999 Peppers was one of five teachers inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame, and in 2006 was inducted ...more

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    • Birthplace: United States of America
    • Profession: Talk show host, Orator
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    Truman G. Madsen
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    Truman Grant Madsen was an emeritus professor of religion and philosophy at Brigham Young University and director of the Brigham Young University Jerusalem Center for Near Eastern Studies. He was a prolific author, a recognized authority on Joseph Smith, and a popular lecturer among Latter-day Saints.more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1926-2009)
    • Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America
    • Profession: Orator, Historian, Professor, Author
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