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  • Edwin Anderson Alderman (1861 - 1931)
    Edwin Anderson Alderman (May 15, 1861 – April 30, 1931) served as the President of three universities. The University of Virginia's Alderman Library is named after him, as is Edwin A. Alderman...
  • William Yancey ("Orator of Secession") (1814 - 1863)
    William Lowndes Yancey (August 10, 1814 – July 27, 1863) was a journalist, politician, orator, diplomat and an American leader of the Southern secession movement. A member of the group known a...
  • George Graham Vest, U.S. and Confederate States Senator ("Eulogy on the Dog" closing argument) (1830 - 1904)
    George Graham Vest (December 6, 1830 – August 9, 1904) was a U.S. politician. Born in Frankfort, Kentucky, he was known for his skills in oration and debate. Vest, a lawyer as well as a politi...
  • Anna Elizabeth Dickinson (1842 - 1932)
    Anna Elizabeth Dickinson (October 28, 1842 – October 22, 1932) was an American orator and lecturer. An advocate for the abolition of slavery and for women's suffrage, as well as a gifted teach...
  • Rufus Choate, U.S. Senator (1799 - 1859)
    Rufus Choate (October 1, 1799 – July 13, 1859), American lawyer and orator, was born in Ipswich, Massachusetts, a descendant of an English family which settled in Massachusetts in 1643. His fi...

Notable Orators

An orator, or oratis, is a public speaker. An orator may also be called an oratorian — literally, "one who orates".

In ancient Rome, the art of speaking in public (Ars Oratoria) was a professional competence especially cultivated by politicians and lawyers. As the Greeks were still seen as the masters in this field, as in philosophy and most sciences, the leading Roman families often either sent their sons to study these things under a famous master in Greece (as was the case with the young Julius Caesar), or engaged a Greek teacher (under pay or as a slave).

In the young revolutionary French republic, Orateur (French for "orator", but compare the Anglo-Saxon parliamentary speaker) was the formal title for the delegated members of the Tribunat to the Corps législatif, to motivate their ruling on a presented bill.

In the 19th century, orators and lecturers, such as Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, and Col. Robert G. Ingersoll were major providers of popular entertainment.

The term pulpit orator denotes Christian authors, often clergymen, renowned for their ability to write and/or deliver (from the pulpit in church, hence the word) rhetorically skilled religious sermons.

In some universities, the title 'Orator' is given to the official whose task it is to give speeches on ceremonial occasions, such as the presentation of honorary degrees.

Lists of Orators

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orator#Orators

http://www.ranker.com/list/list-of-famous-orators/reference

http://www.artofmanliness.com/2008/08/01/the-35-greatest-speeches-in-history/

http://www.eaglestalent.com/blog/top-10-greatest-orators

http://list25.com/25-speeches-that-changed-the-world/

http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/manali.nandani-1319078-great-orators-of-the-world/

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Winston Churchill http://www.geni.com/people/Sir-Winston-Churchill-Prime-Minister-of-the-United-Kingdom/6000000003222187286