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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

Age: Died at 91 (1874-1965)

Birthplace: Blenheim Palace, United Kingdom

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

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

Also Ranked

#7 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#44 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#23 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

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

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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

Birthplace: Maryland, United States of America

Profession: Statesman, Publisher, Orator, Author, Writer

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#74 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

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 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 his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience based on his Christian ...more

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

Also Ranked

#46 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#8 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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

#67 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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