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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. 

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Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 91 (1874-1965) 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 ...more

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Frederick Douglass is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Orators
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 ...more

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Cicero is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 63 (105 BC-42 BC) 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 ...more

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Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 39 (1929-1968) Martin Luther King Jr. (born Michael King Jr., January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who was a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for ...more

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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 46 (1917-1963) 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 ...more

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William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 65 (1860-1925) 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 ...more

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Pericles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 66 (494 BC-428 BC) 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 ...more

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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 56 (1809-1865) 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 ...more

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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Orators
age 56 Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. The first African American to assume the ...more

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Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 63 (1736-1799) 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 ...more

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Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 70 (1782-1852) 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 ...more

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Alcibiades is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 46 (449 BC-403 BC) 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 ...more

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G. K. Chesterton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 62 (1874-1936) 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, ...more

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Edward Everett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 71 (1794-1865) 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 ...more

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George Herbert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 40 (1593-1633) 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 ...more

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Dave Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Orators
age 65 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 ...more

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Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 73 (1835-1908) 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 ...more

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Bruce Sterling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Orators
age 63 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.

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Damian Conway is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Orators
age 53 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 ...more

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John C. Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Orators
age 71 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 ...more

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José de Alencar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 48 (1829-1877) 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 ...more

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Sharon Lechter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Orators
age 64 Sharon L. Lechter is an American accountant, Chartered Global Management Accountant, author, businesswoman, investor, international speaker, financial literacy activist and philanthropist. ...more

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Debra Peppers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Orators
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 ...more

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Truman G. Madsen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 83 (1926-2009) 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 ...more

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Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 81 (1916-1997) Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair was a Nagercoilite born Malayali Indian poet, playwright, script writer, lyricist, orator, film director and actor, though he is best known as an actor in Malayalam ...more

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Firaq Gorakhpuri is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 86 (1896-1982) Raghupati Sahay, better known under his pen name Firaq Gorakhpuri, was a writer, critic, and, according to one commentator, one of the most noted contemporary Urdu poets from India. He ...more

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Albert J. Beveridge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 65 (1862-1927) Alberto Jeremiah Beveridge was an American historian and United States Senator from Indiana. He was an intellectual leader of the Progressive Era, and a biographer of justice John Marshall and ...more

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Djibril Diop Mambéty is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 53 (1945-1998) Djibril Diop Mambéty was a Senegalese film director, actor, orator, composer and poet. Though he made only a small number of films, they received international acclaim for their original ...more

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José do Patrocínio is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 51 (1854-1905) José Carlos do Patrocínio was a Brazilian writer, journalist, activist, orator and pharmacist and among the most well-known proponents of the abolition of slavery. He founded and ...more

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Santa Rita Durão is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 62 (1722-1784) José de Santa Rita Durão was a Colonial Brazilian Neoclassic poet, orator and Augustinian friar. He is considered a forerunner of "Indianism" in Brazilian literature, ...more

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Tim Keller is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Orators
age 67 Timothy J. Keller is an American pastor, theologian and Christian apologist. He is best known as the founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, New York, and the author of ...more

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Carlos P. Garcia is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 75 (1896-1971) Carlos Polístico García, commonly known as Carlos P. García, was a Filipino teacher, poet, orator, lawyer, public official, political economist, organized guerrilla and ...more

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Graciano López Jaena is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 40 (1856-1896) Graciano López Jaena was a journalist, orator, revolutionary, and national hero from Iloilo, the Philippines, who is well known for his newspaper, La Solidaridad. Philippine historians ...more

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MC Lyte is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Orators
age 47 MC Lyte is an American rapper who first gained fame in the late 1980s, becoming the first solo female rapper to release a full album with 1988's critically acclaimed Lyte as a Rock. She has long ...more

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Booker T. Washington is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 59 (1856-1915) Booker Taliaferro Washington was an African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor to presidents of the United States. Between 1890 and 1915, Washington was the dominant leader in the ...more

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Sousa Caldas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 52 (1762-1814) Antônio Pereira de Sousa Caldas was a Colonial Brazilian poet, priest and orator, patron of the 34th chair of the Brazilian Academy of Letters.

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CeCe Winans is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Orators
age 53 Priscilla "CeCe" Marie Winans Love is an American gospel singer, who has won numerous awards, including ten Grammy Awards and seven Stellar Awards. She has sold twelve million records ...more

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Mark Altman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Orators
age 53 Mark Altman is a speaker and consultant on leadership and management issues and was the first to attempt to establish a link between philial love and leadership, a major update of leadership ...more

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Robert Boland is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Orators
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Duke DuVall is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Orators
Born in Clarksville, Missouri Duke DuVall is a Television host for the program "Conquering Your Giants" on The Christian Television Network affiliate in Quincy,IL. He is also an ...more

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Ahmed Deedat is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 87 (1918-2005) Ahmed Hoosen Deedat was a South African writer and public speaker of Indian descent. He was best known as a Muslim missionary who held numerous inter-religious public debates with evangelical ...more

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Michael DeMaria is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Orators
age 55 Michael Brant DeMaria, Ph.D. is an American psychologist, author, speaker and musician.

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Monica Frazier Anderson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Orators
age 55 Monica “Dr. Moe” Frazier Anderson is an author, journalist, motivational speaker, and Doctor of Dental Surgery.

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Stedman Graham is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Orators
age 67 Stedman Graham, Jr. is an American educator, author, businessman and speaker, although he is primarily known as the partner of media mogul Oprah Winfrey. Graham and Winfrey were engaged to be ...more

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Ben Manski is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Orators
age 43 Ben Manski is an American attorney, organizer, and democracy activist. He is the founder of the Liberty Tree Foundation for the Democratic Revolution, and co-founder of Move to Amend, Wisconsin ...more

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Pedro Luís Pereira de Sousa is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 45 (1839-1884) Pedro Luís Pereira de Sousa was a Brazilian poet, politician, orator and lawyer, adept of the "Condorist" movement. He is the patron of the 31st chair of the Brazilian Academy

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Ze'ev Jabotinsky is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 60 (1880-1940) Ze'ev Jabotinsky, MBE, was a Revisionist Zionist leader, author, poet, orator, soldier and founder of the Jewish Self-Defense Organization in Odessa. With Joseph Trumpeldor he co-founded the ...more

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Marc Prensky is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Orators
age 72 Marc Prensky is an American writer and speaker on learning and education. He is best known as the inventor and popularizer of the terms "Digital native" and "digital ...more

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Pandurang Shastri Athavale is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 83 (1920-2003) Pandurang Shastri Athavale, also known as Dadaji, which literally translates as "elder brother" in Marathi, was an Indian philosopher, spiritual leader, social activist and Hinduism ...more

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Khoo Kheng-Hor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Orators
age 62 Khoo Kheng-Hor is a Malaysian author and speaker on contemporary application of the 500 BC Chinese military treatise, The Art of War, by renowned military strategist Sun Tzu. In the 1990s, Khoo ...more