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Charles Curtis
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31st Vice President of the United States
In office
March 4, 1929 – March 4, 1933
PresidentHerbert Hoover
Preceded byCharles G. Dawes
Succeeded byJohn Nance Garner
2nd United States Senate Majority Leader
In office
March 9, 1925 – March 4, 1929
Preceded byHenry Cabot Lodge
Succeeded byJames E. Watson
President pro tempore of the United States Senate
In office
December 4, 1911 – December 12, 1911
Preceded byAugustus O. Bacon
Succeeded byAugustus O. Bacon
United States Senator
from Kansas
In office
January 29, 1907 – March 4, 1913
March 4, 1915 – March 4, 1929
Preceded byAlfred W. Benson
Joseph L. Bristow
Succeeded byWilliam H. Thompson
Henry J. Allen
U.S. Representative
from Kansas
In office
March 4, 1893 – January 28, 1907
Personal details
BornJanuary 25, 1860(1860-01-25)
Topeka, Kansas
DiedFebruary 8, 1936(1936-02-08) (aged 76)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Annie Elizabeth Baird Curtis (died on June 20, 1924)
ChildrenPermelia Jeannette Curtis,
Henry "Harry" King Curtis,
Leona Virginia Curtis

Charles Curtis (January 25, 1860 – February 8, 1936) was a Representative and a Senator from Kansas as well as the thirty-first Vice President of the United States, under President Herbert Hoover.

Curtis is the only Native American vice president in history. He was a member of the Kaw Nation. Every other vice president has been Caucasian, except Vice Presidential-elect 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."[1]

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.[1]