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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. 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 Churchill1

    Winston Churchill

    Dec. at 91 (1874-1965)

    BirthplaceBlenheim Palace, Woodstock, United Kingdom

    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill (30 November 1874 – 24 January 1965) was a British...  more

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  • Frederick Douglass2
    Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey; c. February 1818 – February 20,...  more

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  • Cicero3


    Dec. at 63 (105 BC-42 BC)

    BirthplaceArpinum, Rome

    Marcus Tullius Cicero (; Classical Latin: [ˈmaːr.kʊs ˈtʊl.lɪ.ʊs ˈkɪ.kɛ.roː]; 106 BC – 7...  more

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  • Martin Luther King, Jr.4

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Dec. at 39 (1929-1968)

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and...  more

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  • John F. Kennedy5

    John F. Kennedy

    Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)

    BirthplaceBrookline, Massachusetts, USA

    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by initials JFK...  more

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  • William Jennings Bryan6

    William Jennings Bryan

    Dec. at 65 (1860-1925)

    BirthplaceSalem, Illinois, USA

    William Jennings Bryan (March 19, 1860 – July 26, 1925) was an American orator and politician...  more

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  • Pericles7


    Dec. at 66 (494 BC-428 BC)

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

    Pericles (; Attic Greek: Περικλῆς Periklēs, pronounced [pe.ri.klɛ̂ːs] in Classical Attic; c....  more
  • Abraham Lincoln8

    Abraham Lincoln

    Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)

    BirthplaceKentucky, Hodgenville, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was an American statesman and lawyer who...  more

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  • Barack Obama9

    BirthplaceArea code 808, Honolulu County, Hawaiian Islands, United States of America, United States

    Barack Hussein Obama born August 4, 1961is an American attorney and politician who served as...  more

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  • Patrick Henry10

    Patrick Henry

    Dec. at 63 (1736-1799)
    Patrick Henry (May 29, 1736 – June 6, 1799) was an American attorney, planter, and orator best...  more

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  • Daniel Webster11

    Daniel Webster

    Dec. at 70 (1782-1852)

    BirthplaceSalisbury, New Hampshire, USA

    Daniel Webster (January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852) was an American statesman who represented...  more
  • Alcibiades12


    Dec. at 46 (449 BC-403 BC)

    BirthplaceClassical Athens

    Alcibiades, son of Cleinias (c. 450–404 BC), from the deme of Scambonidae, was a prominent...  more
  • G. K. Chesterton13

    G. K. Chesterton

    Dec. at 62 (1874-1936)

    BirthplaceKensington, London, United Kingdom

    Gilbert Keith Chesterton, KC*SG (29 May 1874 – 14 June 1936), was an English writer,...  more

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  • Edward Everett14

    Edward Everett

    Dec. at 71 (1794-1865)

    BirthplaceDorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

    Edward Everett (April 11, 1794 – January 15, 1865) was an American politician, pastor,...  more
  • George Herbert15

    George Herbert

    Dec. at 40 (1593-1633)

    BirthplaceMontgomery, United Kingdom

    George Herbert (3 April 1593 – 1 March 1633) was a Welsh-born poet, orator, and priest of the...  more

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  • Dave Ulrich16

    BirthplaceEly, Nevada

    David Olson Ulrich (born 1953) is a university professor, author, speaker, management coach,...  more
  • Mirza Ghulam Ahmad17

    Mirza Ghulam Ahmad

    Dec. at 73 (1835-1908)

    BirthplaceQadian, India

    Mirzā Ghulām Ahmad (13 February 1835 – 26 May 1908) was an Indian religious leader and the...  more
  • Bruce Sterling18

    BirthplaceBrownsville, Texas, USA

    Michael Bruce Sterling (born April 14, 1954) is an American science fiction author known for...  more

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  • Damian Conway19

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Australia

    Damian Conway (born 5 October 1964 in Melbourne, Australia) is a computer scientist, a member...  more
  • John C. Maxwell20

    BirthplaceGarden City, Michigan

    John Calvin Maxwell (born 1947) is an American author, speaker, and pastor who has written...  more
  • José de Alencar21

    José de Alencar

    Dec. at 48 (1829-1877)

    BirthplaceFortaleza, Brazil

    José Martiniano de Alencar (May 1, 1829 – December 12, 1877) was a Brazilian lawyer,...  more
  • Sharon Lechter22
    Sharon L. Lechter (born January 12, 1954) is an American accountant, author, businesswoman,...  more
  • Debra Peppers23
    Debra D. Peppers (born c. 1951), Ph.D., is an educator, motivational speaker, television host...  more
  • Truman G. Madsen24

    Truman G. Madsen

    Dec. at 83 (1926-2009)

    BirthplaceSalt Lake City, Utah

    Truman Grant Madsen (13 December 1926 – 28 May 2009) was an emeritus professor of religion and...  more
  • Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair25

    Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair

    Dec. at 81 (1916-1997)

    BirthplaceIndia, Nagercoil

    Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair (16 October 1916 – 11 March 1997) was a Nagercoil born Malayali...  more