Speech-Language Pathology/Stuttering/Famous People Who Stutter/More Stutterers in History
Cotton Mather (1663-1728) found that fasting and prayers failed to affect his stuttering, but speaking in a "drawling…little short of Singing" enabled him to become a Puritan preacher. He later prosecuted the Salem witch trials.
Moses Mendelssohn (1729-1786) was a German Jewish philosopher who began the period of European Jewish enlightenment, and advocated assimilation.
John Slaughter (1841-1922) was a member of the Texas Rangers, leading daring pursuits of outlaw gangs. In 1886 he was elected sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, with a mandate to clean up crime in Tombstone, after Wyatt Earp's 1881 shoot-out. "Slaughter, with penetrating black eyes, was only 5 feet 6 and often stuttered. But he wore a pearl-handled .44 and carried a 10-gauge, double-barreled, sawed-off shotgun, 'which was an equalizer.'"
A brochure from the Stuttering Foundation of America 16 Famous People Who Stutter features well-known and successful individuals who stutter. This inspiring brochure is especially useful to raise awareness during Stuttering Awareness Week in May. A PDF of the brochure can be downloaded at www.stutteringhelp.org.