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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. 

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    Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Orators

    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 on Wikipedia

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    Frederick Douglass is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Orators
    Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey; c. February 1818 – February 20,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Cicero is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Orators


    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 on Wikipedia

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    Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Orators

    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 on Wikipedia

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    John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Orators

    John F. Kennedy

    Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)

    BirthplaceUSA, Massachussetts, Brookline

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

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    William Jennings Bryan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Orators

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Pericles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Orators


    Dec. at 66 (494 BC-428 BC)

    BirthplaceAthens, Greece

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

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    Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Orators

    Abraham Lincoln

    Dec. at 56 (1809-1865)

    BirthplaceHodgenville, Kentucky, United States of America

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

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

    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

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

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  • 10
    Patrick Henry is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Orators

    Patrick Henry

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

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    Daniel Webster is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Orators

    Daniel Webster

    Dec. at 70 (1782-1852)

    BirthplaceSalisbury, New Hampshire, United States of America

    Daniel Webster (January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852) was an American statesman who represented... more on Wikipedia
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    Alcibiades is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Orators


    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 on Wikipedia
  • 13
    G. K. Chesterton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Orators

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Edward Everett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Orators

    Edward Everett

    Dec. at 71 (1794-1865)

    BirthplaceDorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Edward Everett (April 11, 1794 – January 15, 1865) was an American politician, pastor,... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    George Herbert is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Orators

    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 on Wikipedia

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

    BirthplaceEly, Nevada

    David Olson Ulrich (born 1953) is a university professor, author, speaker, management coach,... more on Wikipedia
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    Mirza Ghulam Ahmad is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Orators

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

    BirthplaceBrownsville, Texas, United States of America

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

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

    BirthplaceVictoria, DVD Region 4, Oceania, Australasia, Melbourne

    Damian Conway (born 5 October 1964 in Melbourne, Australia) is a computer scientist, a member... more on Wikipedia
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    John C. Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Orators

    BirthplaceGarden City, Michigan

    John Calvin Maxwell (born 1947) is an American author, speaker, and pastor who has written... more on Wikipedia
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    José de Alencar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Orators

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Sharon Lechter is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Orators
    Sharon L. Lechter (born January 12, 1954) is an American accountant, author, businesswoman,... more on Wikipedia
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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... more on Wikipedia
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    Truman G. Madsen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Orators

    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 on Wikipedia
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    Thikkurissy Sukumaran Nair is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Orators

    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 on Wikipedia