Charles Curtis (January 25, 1860 – February 8, 1936) was an American politician. He was the 31st vice president of the United States from 1929 to 1933 under President Herbert Hoover. Before becoming vice president, he was a senator and a representative from Kansas .
|31st Vice President of the United States|
March 4, 1929 – March 4, 1933
|Preceded by||Charles G. Dawes|
|Succeeded by||John Nance Garner|
|2nd United States Senate Majority Leader|
March 9, 1925 – March 4, 1929
|Preceded by||Henry Cabot Lodge|
|Succeeded by||James E. Watson|
|President pro tempore of the United States Senate|
December 4, 1911 – December 12, 1911
|Preceded by||Augustus O. Bacon|
|Succeeded by||Augustus O. Bacon|
|United States Senator |
January 29, 1907 – March 4, 1913
March 4, 1915 – March 4, 1929
|Preceded by||Alfred W. Benson|
Joseph L. Bristow
|Succeeded by||William H. Thompson|
Henry J. Allen
|U.S. Representative |
March 4, 1893 – January 28, 1907
|Born||January 25, 1860|
|Died||February 8, 1936 (aged 76)|
|Spouse(s)||Annie Elizabeth Baird Curtis (died on June 20, 1924)|
|Children||Permelia Jeannette Curtis, |
Henry "Harry" King Curtis,
Leona Virginia Curtis
Curtis is the only Native American vice president in history. Curtis was a member of the Kaw Nation. Charles Curtis was the first vice president of color; the other being Vice President Kamala Harris. Curtis called himself "one-eighth Kaw Indian and a one-hundred percent Republican." In 1900, Kaw Chief Washungah called Curtis "one of our own men."
Curtis grew up in Kansas and spoke the Kaw language. When he was in government, Curtis did some good things for Native Americans and some bad things. In 1898, he sponsored the Curtis Act of 1898, which took power away from tribal leaders.
- Christine Hauser (November 10, 2020). "Before Harris, This Vice President Broke a Racial Barrier". New York Times. Retrieved November 12, 2020.