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  • Chief Logan (Tah-Gah-Jute) (c.1723 - 1780)
    Logan the Orator (c. 1723?–1780) was a Native American orator and war leader born in the Iroquois Confederacy. Although he was of the Cayuga nation, after his 1760s move to the Ohio Country, h...
  • Lorrin Andrews Thurston (1858 - 1931)
    From the book Lost Kingdom by Julia Flynn Siler Lorrin Andrews Thurston - A grandson of New England missionaries to the islands, Thurston was a fiery orator, lawyer, and entrepreneur who led Lili'u '...
  • Thomas Fitch, US Congress (1838 - 1923)
    Thomas Fitch (January 27, 1838 – November 12, 1923)[1] was an American lawyer and politician. He defended President Brigham Young of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other c...
  • Mildred Lewis Rutherford (1851 - 1928)
    Mildred Lewis "Miss Millie" Rutherford (July 16, 1851 – August 15, 1928) was a prominent educator and author from Athens, Georgia. She served the Lucy Cobb Institute, as its head and in other ...
  • 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...

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

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Winston Churchill