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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)

Birthplace: Blenheim Palace, United Kingdom

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British politician, army officer, and writer. He was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945, when ...more

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

Birthplace: Maryland

Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey; c. February 1818 – February 20, 1895) was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. After escaping ...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)

Birthplace: Arpinum, Rome

Marcus Tullius Cicero (; Classical Latin: [ˈmaːr.kʊs ˈtʊl.lɪ.ʊs ˈkɪ.kɛ.roː]; 106 BC – 7 December 43 BC) was a Roman statesman, orator, lawyer and philosopher, who served as consul in the year 63 ...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)

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1955 ...more

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Long Before He Started Acting, Samuel L. Jackson Took Part In A Hostage Situation That Included MLK's Dad #556 of 1,176 The Best Writers of All Time #10 of 2,835 The Most Influential People of All Time

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

Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States of America

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by initials JFK and Jack, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States 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)

Birthplace: Salem, Illinois, USA

William Jennings Bryan (March 19, 1860 – July 26, 1925) was an American orator and politician from Nebraska. Beginning in 1896, he emerged as a dominant force in the Democratic Party, standing ...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)

Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Pericles (; Attic Greek: Περικλῆς Periklēs, pronounced [pe.ri.klɛ̂ːs] in Classical Attic; c. 495 – 429 BC) was a prominent and influential Greek statesman, orator and general of Athens during ...more

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

Birthplace: Hodgenville, Kentucky, United States of America

Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who served as the 16th president of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. ...more

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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Orators
Age: 57

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

Barack Hussein Obama born August 4, 1961is an American attorney and politician who served as the 44th president of the United States from 2009 to 2017. A member of the Democratic Party, he was ...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 (May 29, 1736 – June 6, 1799) was an American attorney, planter, and orator best known for his declaration to the Second Virginia Convention (1775): "Give me liberty, or give ...more

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

Birthplace: Salisbury, New Hampshire, United States of America

Daniel Webster (January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852) was an American statesman who represented New Hampshire and Massachusetts in the United States Congress and served as the United States ...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)

Birthplace: Classical Athens

Alcibiades, son of Cleinias (c. 450–404 BC), from the deme of Scambonidae, was a prominent Athenian statesman, orator, and general. He was the last famous member of his mother's aristocratic ...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)

Birthplace: Kensington, London, United Kingdom

Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), was an English writer, philosopher, lay theologian, and literary and art critic. He has been referred to as the "prince of ...more

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

Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Edward Everett (April 11, 1794 – January 15, 1865) was an American politician, pastor, educator, diplomat, and orator from Massachusetts. Everett, a Whig, served as U.S. Representative, U.S. ...more

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

Birthplace: Montgomery, United Kingdom

George Herbert (3 April 1593 – 1 March 1633) was a Welsh-born poet, orator, and priest of the Church of England. His poetry is associated with the writings of the metaphysical poets, and he is ...more

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Dave Ulrich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Orators
Age: 66

Birthplace: Ely, Nevada

David Olson Ulrich (born 1953) is a university professor, author, speaker, management coach, and management consultant. Ulrich is a professor of business at the Ross School of Business, ...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)

Birthplace: Qadian, India

Mirzā Ghulām Ahmad (13 February 1835 – 26 May 1908) was an Indian religious leader and the founder of the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam. He claimed to have been divinely appointed as the promised ...more
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Bruce Sterling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Orators
Age: 64

Birthplace: Brownsville, Texas, United States of America

Michael Bruce Sterling (born April 14, 1954) is an American science fiction author known for his novels and 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: 54

Birthplace: Victoria, DVD Region 4, Oceania, Australasia, Melbourne, + more

Damian Conway (born 5 October 1964 in Melbourne, Australia) is a computer scientist, a member of the Perl community and the author of several books. Until 2010, he was also an adjunct associate ...more
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John C. Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Orators
Age: 72

Birthplace: Garden City, Michigan

John Calvin Maxwell (born 1947) 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 ...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)

Birthplace: Fortaleza, Brazil

José Martiniano de Alencar (May 1, 1829 – December 12, 1877) was a Brazilian lawyer, politician, orator, novelist and dramatist. He is considered to be one of the most famous and ...more
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Sharon Lechter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Orators
Age: 65
Sharon L. Lechter (born January 12, 1954) is an American accountant, author, businesswoman, investor, motivational speaker, financial literacy activist and philanthropist. She is the co-author ...more
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Debra Peppers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Orators
Debra D. Peppers (born c. 1951), 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 (1973, BA ...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)

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah

Truman Grant Madsen (13 December 1926 – 28 May 2009) was an emeritus professor of religion and philosophy at Brigham Young University and director of the Brigham Young University Jerusalem ...more
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Thikkurissy Sukumaran Na... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Orators
Dec. at 81 (1916-1997)

Birthplace: India, Nagercoil

Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair (16 October 1916 – 11 March 1997) was a Nagercoil born Malayali Indian poet, playwright, script writer, lyricist, orator, film director and actor, though he is best ...more