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  • Pvt. Richard Channing Beale (1846 - 1889)
    Judge Beale, a prominent lawyer, was born in 1846 and died in 1889. He was a Confederate veteran, was in charge of the opening of the new courthouse in 1881. Due to illness, he resigned in May 1884. ...
  • Gov., US Senator, 11th U.S. Secretary of War James Barbour (1775 - 1842)
    James Barbour (June 10, 1775 – June 7, 1842) was an American lawyer, a member and speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, the 18th Governor of Virginia, the first Governor to reside in the curren...
  • Robert W. "Bob" Murphey (1921 - 2004)
    Obituary in Lufkin Daily News, Nov. 27, 2004 Funeral services for Robert W. "Bob" Murphey, motivational speaker/humorist, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, 2004 at Grace Bible Church with Pas...
  • Charles Smith Bradley (1819 - 1888)
    Charles Smith Bradley (1819-1888), was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts. He graduated first in his class at Brown University in 1838, then obtained a master’s degree from Brown and, eventually, a l...
  • George William Curtis (1824 - 1892)
    George William Curtis (February 24, 1824 – August 31, 1892) was an American writer and public speaker, born in Providence, Rhode Island, of New Englander ancestry. A Republican, he spoke in favor of ...

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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Winston Churchill Sir Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom