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  • Rev. James Waddell (1739 - 1805)
    A Patriot of the American Revolution for Virginia. DAR Ancestor #: A119638 From Doris Waddell's Family Genealogy: "When James was about twelve years old, he suffered an injury to his hand. This inc...
  • William Crafts (1787 - 1826)
    Legislator, writer, reformer. Crafts was born in Charleston on January 24, 1787, the son of William Crafts and Margaret Tebout. His father, a Boston merchant who moved to Charleston in 1783, achieved...
  • George Washington Parke Custis (c.1781 - 1857)
    George Washington Parke Custis was a writer and orator who worked to preserve the legacy of their stepgrandfather, George Washington. Born in Maryland, Custis moved to Mount Vernon after the death of...
  • Benjamin Johnson Barbour (1821 - 1894)
    B. Johnson Barbour was a planter, orator, rector of the University of Virginia (1866–1872), and member of the House of Delegates (1879–1880). Born at his family's large Orange County estate, Barbour ...
  • 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...

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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