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  • Capt. Arthur Reid Yates, USN (1838 - 1891)
    Arthur Reid Yates was born in Schenectady, New York in 1838. He was appointed Acting Midshipman in the US Navy on September 24, 1856. During the war he rose to the rank of Lieutenant Commander, and con...
  • Joseph Alston Hill (1800 - 1835)
    Joseph Alston Hill, orator and lawyer, was the younger son of William Henry Hill (1767–1808) and his wife Eliza Ashe, the daughter of General John Ashe (1720–81) and Rebecca Moore Ashe, who was the d...
  • Edmund Hoyt Harding (1890 - 1970)
    Edmund Hoyt Harding, salesman, humorist, and promoter of historic restoration, was born in Washington, N.C., the ninth of eleven children of the Reverend Nathaniel Harding and the first produced by h...
  • James Haywood Southgate (1859 - 1916)
    James Haywood Southgate, businessman and vice-presidential candidate, was born in Norfolk, Va., but lived in several localities before his parents settled in Durham, N.C. His father, James Southgate,...
  • James Biddle Sheppard (1815 - 1871)
    James Biddle Shepard, lawyer, legislator, and poet, was born in New Bern, the son of William Biddle and Mary Blount Shepard of Elmwood, Pasquotank County. He was related to the Biddle and Pettigrew f...

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.

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