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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 "Ben" Stein is an American writer, lawyer, actor, and commentator on political and economic issues. He attained early success as a speechwriter for American presidents ...more

Pat Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Patrick Joseph "Pat" Buchanan is an American conservative political commentator, author, syndicated columnist, politician, and broadcaster. Buchanan was a senior advisor to U.S. ...more

Peggy Noonan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Margaret Ellen "Peggy" Noonan is an American author of several books on politics, religion, and culture, and a weekly columnist for The Wall Street Journal. She was a primary speech ...more

John McLaughlin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
John McLaughlin is an American television personality and political commentator. He created, produces, and hosts the long-running political commentary series The McLaughlin Group as well as John ...more

William Safire is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
William Lewis Safire was an American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. He was perhaps best known as a long-time syndicated political columnist for the New York Times ...more

Derek Laud is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Derek George Henry Laud is a British lobbyist, businessman, political adviser, speechwriter, and journalist. He achieved celebrity status during his time as a contestant in the 2005 series of ...more

Karl Hess is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Karl Hess was an American national-level speechwriter and author. He was also a political philosopher, editor, welder, motorcycle racer, tax resister, atheist, and libertarian activist. His ...more

Peter Robinson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Peter Mark Robinson is an American author, research fellow, television host and former speechwriter for then-Vice President George H.W. Bush and President Ronald Reagan. He is currently the host ...more

Christopher Buckley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Christopher Taylor Buckley is an American political satirist and the author of novels including God Is My Broker, Thank You for Smoking, Little Green Men, The White House Mess, No Way to Treat a ...more

Jon Favreau is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Jonathan Kolia "Jon" Favreau is an American actor, director, screenwriter, voice artist, and comedian. As an actor, he is best known for his roles in Rudy, Swingers, Very Bad Things, ...more

Ronald Millar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Ronald Miller is an author.

Asa Earl Carter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Asa Earl Carter was a Ku Klux Klan leader, segregationist speech writer, and later famed western novelist. He is notable under his own name for a famed George Wallace pro-segregation line, and ...more

Tony Snow is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Robert Anthony "Tony" Snow was an American journalist, political commentator, television news anchor, syndicated columnist, radio host, musician, and the third White House Press ...more

David Frum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
David J. Frum is a neoconservative Canadian-American political commentator. A speechwriter for President George W. Bush, Frum later became the author of the first "insider" book about ...more

Marty Kaplan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Marty Kaplan is a screenwriter and an actor.

Bob Ellis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Robert "Bob" Ellis is an Australian writer, journalist, filmmaker and political commentator. He was a student at the University of Sydney at the same time as other notable Australians ...more

Dana Rohrabacher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Dana Tyrone Rohrabacher is the U.S. Representative for California's 48th congressional district, and previously the 46th, 45th and 42nd, serving since 1989. He is a member of the Republican ...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 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 Slate, The New York ...more

Bob Shrum is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Robert M. "Bob" Shrum is an American political consultant, who has worked on numerous Democratic campaigns, including the losing presidential campaigns of Al Gore and John Kerry. In ...more

Hendrik Hertzberg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Hendrik Hertzberg 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 Jimmy Carter and ...more

Ted Sorensen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Theodore Chaikin "Ted" Sorensen was an American presidential adviser, lawyer, and writer, best known as President John F. Kennedy's special counsel, adviser, and legendary ...more

Keith Donohue is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Keith Donohue is an American novelist. He is the author of four novels: "The Boy Who Drew Monsters", "Centuries of June", "Angels of Destruction", and "The ...more

Michael Whitney Straight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Michael Whitney Straight was an American magazine publisher, novelist, patron of the arts, a member of the prominent Whitney family, and a confessed spy for the KGB.

Richard N. Goodwin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Richard Naradof Goodwin is an American writer who may be best known as an advisor and speechwriter to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson and to Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

Adam Garfinkle is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Adam M. Garfinkle is the editor of The American Interest, a bimonthly public policy magazine. He was previously editor of another such publication, The National Interest. He has been a ...more

Bruce Reed is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Bruce Reed is the president of the Broad Foundation. Prior to assuming that role in December of 2013, he served as Chief of Staff to U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and is a former CEO of the ...more

Charles Knox Robinson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Charles Knox Robinson III was an actor.

Aneesh Raman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Aneesh Raman is VP of Marketing and Audience Development at OZY Media, a new media company co-founded by Carlos Watson and backed by a number of high-profile investors including Laurene Powell ...more

Richard Norton Smith is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Richard Norton Smith is an American historian and author specializing in U.S. presidents and other political figures. In the past, he worked as a freelance writer for The Washington Post, and ...more

Fred Metcalf is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Fred Metcalf is a screenwriter, cartoonist, writer and speechwriter.

Charlie Fern is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Charlene "Charlie" Fern is an American speechwriter, business owner, public speaker and journalist who served as First Lady Laura Bush's speechwriter for six years, first in the Texas ...more

Ray Price is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Raymond K. "Ray" Price, Jr was the chief speechwriter of U.S. President Richard Nixon, working on both inaugural addressess, his resignation speech, and Gerald Ford's pardon speech. ...more

Richard Marius is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Richard Marius Richard Curry Marius was an American academic and writer. He was a scholar of the Reformation, novelist of the American South, speechwriter, and teacher of writing and English literature at ...more

Samuel Irving Rosenman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Samuel Irving Rosenman was an American lawyer, judge, Democratic Part activist and presidential speechwriter. He helped articulate liberal policies during the heyday of the New Deal Coalition.

Curt Smith is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Curt Smith Curt Smith is an American author, media host and columnist. In addition to work as a newspaper reporter, Smith was a political speechwriter until 1992 and a host of radio and television programs ...more

Matthew Scully is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Matthew Scully Matthew Scully is an American author, journalist, and speechwriter.

Michael Gerson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Michael Gerson Michael John Gerson is an op-ed columnist for The Washington Post, a Policy Fellow with the ONE Campaign, a visiting fellow with the Center for Public Justice, and a former senior fellow at the ...more

William McGurn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
William McGurn William McGurn is an American writer. He was the chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush from June 2006 until February 2008, replacing Michael Gerson.

Dan Cogan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Dan Cogan Dan Cogan is a film and television producer, speechwriter and journalist.

John Avlon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
John Avlon John Phillips Avlon is an American journalist and political commentator who is the editor in chief of The Daily Beast and a CNN political analyst. He is the author of Independent Nation: How ...more

Mari Maseng is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Mari Maseng Mari Maseng is a Republican advisor who has worked for President Ronald Reagan, Senator Robert Dole and Governor Rick Perry.

Ken Khachigian is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Ken Khachigian Kenneth L. Khachigian is an Armenian-American campaign strategist, speechwriter, and attorney. He was a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon and was chief speechwriter for President Ronald ...more

Marc Thiessen is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Marc Thiessen Marc A. Thiessen is an American author, columnist and political commentator. He served as a speechwriter for United States President George W. Bush and Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. ...more

Art Corriveau is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Art Corriveau Art Corriveau is an Edgar Awards nominated author.

Jeff Shesol is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Jeff Shesol Jeff Shesol is an American historian, speechwriter, and comic strip author. He served as a speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and is now a partner at West Wing Writers, a speechwriting and ...more

Anthony R. Dolan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Anthony R. Dolan Anthony R. Dolan is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and was the principal speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan from March 1981 until the end of Reagan's second term in 1989. Dolan served ...more

J. Grant Albrecht is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
J. Grant Albrecht

Richard Grenell is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Speechwriters
Richard Grenell Richard Grenell is an American media commentator and former diplomat. He is the longest serving U.S. Spokesman at the United Nations and briefly served as national security spokesman for Mitt ...more