List of Famous Speechwriters

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List of famous speechwriters, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top speechwriters in the world? This includes the most prominent speechwriters, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable speechwriters is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic speechwriters 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 speechwriters.

These famous writers of speeches, like Ben Stein and Pat Buchanan include images when available. Featuring presidential speech writers, political speech writers, and more, this list has it all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known speechwriters to the lesser known speechwriters of today, these are some of the best professionals in the speechwriter field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous speechwriters ever?" and "What are the names of famous speechwriters?" then you're in the right place. 
Stephen Fishbach is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
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Ben Stein is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Benjamin Jeremy Stein (born November 25, 1944) is an American writer, lawyer, actor, and commentator on political and economic issues. He was a speechwriter for U.S. presidents Richard Nixon and ...more

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Pat Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Patrick Joseph Buchanan (; born November 2, 1938) is an American paleoconservative political commentator, columnist, politician and broadcaster. Buchanan was an assistant and special consultant ...more

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Peggy Noonan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Margaret Ellen "Peggy" Noonan (born September 7, 1950) is an American author, weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal, and contributor to NBC News and ABC News. She was a primary ...more
John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
John Joseph McLaughlin (; March 29, 1927 – August 16, 2016) was an American television personality and political commentator. He created, produced, and hosted the political commentary series The ...more
William Safire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
William Lewis Safir (December 17, 1929 – September 27, 2009), better known as William Safire (), was an American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. He was a long-time ...more
Derek Laud is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Derek George Henry Laud (born 9 August 1964) is a British lobbyist, businessman, political adviser, speechwriter, and journalist. He received public attention when he was a contestant in the ...more
Karl Hess is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Karl Hess (born Carl Hess III; May 25, 1923 – April 22, 1994) was an American speechwriter and author. He was also a political philosopher, editor, welder, motorcycle racer, tax resister, and ...more
Peter Robinson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Peter Mark Robinson (born April 18, 1957) is an American author, research fellow, television host and former speechwriter for then-Vice President George H.W. Bush and President Ronald Reagan. He ...more
Christopher Buckley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Christopher Taylor Buckley (born September 28, 1952) is an American political satirist known for writing God Is My Broker, Thank You for Smoking, Little Green Men, The White House Mess, No Way ...more
Jon Favreau is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Jonathan Favreau (; born October 19, 1966) is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. He is known for his work with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, directing and starring as ...more

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Ronald Millar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Sir Ronald Graeme Millar (12 November 1919 – 16 April 1998) was an English actor, scriptwriter, and dramatist.After Charterhouse and studying at King's College, Cambridge, for a year, Millar ...more
Asa Earl Carter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Asa Earl Carter (September 4, 1925 – June 7, 1979) was a 1950s Ku Klux Klan leader, segregationist speech writer, and later western novelist. He co-wrote George Wallace's well-known ...more
Tony Snow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Robert Anthony Snow, known as Tony Snow (June 1, 1955 – July 12, 2008), was an American journalist, political commentator, television news anchor, syndicated columnist, radio host, musician, and ...more
David Frum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
David Jeffrey Frum (; born June 30, 1960) is a Canadian-American political commentator. A speechwriter for President George W. Bush, Frum later authored the first book about Bush's presidency ...more
Marty Kaplan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Marty Kaplan is the Norman Lear Professor of Entertainment, Media and Society at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the founding director of the Norman Lear Center ...more
Bob Ellis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Robert James Ellis (10 May 1942 – 3 April 2016) was an Australian writer, journalist, filmmaker, and political commentator. He was a student at the University of Sydney at the same time as other ...more
Dana Rohrabacher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Dana Tyrone Rohrabacher (; born June 21, 1947) is a former American politician, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1989 to 2019. A Republican, he formerly represented ...more
James C Humes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
James C Humes
James C. Humes is an author and former presidential speechwriter. Humes, along with William Safire and Pat Buchanan, is credited for authoring the text on the Apollo 11 lunar plaque.
James Fallows is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
James Mackenzie Fallows (born August 2, 1949) is an American writer and journalist. He has been a national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly for many years. His work has also appeared in ...more
Bob Shrum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Robert M. Shrum (born July 21, 1943) is the Director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and the Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics at the University of Southern ...more
Hendrik Hertzberg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Hendrik Hertzberg (born 1943) is an American liberal journalist, best known as the principal political commentator for The New Yorker magazine. He has also been a speechwriter for President ...more
Ted Sorensen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Theodore Chaikin Sorensen (May 8, 1928 – October 31, 2010) was an American lawyer, writer, and presidential adviser. He was a speechwriter for President John F. Kennedy, as well as one of his ...more
Keith Donohue is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Keith Donohue (born 1959) is an American novelist. He is the author of five novels: The Motion of Puppets (2016), The Boy Who Drew Monsters (2014), Centuries of June (2011), Angels of ...more
Michael Whitney Straight... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Michael Whitney Straight (September 1, 1916 – January 4, 2004) was an American magazine publisher, novelist, patron of the arts, a member of the prominent Whitney family, and a confessed spy for ...more