Person:Charles Curtis (15)

m. 8 May 1859
  1. Charles Curtis1860 - 1936
  2. Elizabeth Curtis1862 - 1943
m. 27 Nov 1884
  1. Permelia Jeanette Curtis1886 - 1955
  2. Harry King Curtis1890 - 1946
  3. Leona Virginia Curtis1892 - 1965
Facts and Events
Name Charles Curtis
Gender Male
Birth? 25 Jan 1860 Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas, United States
Christening? 15 Apr 1860 St. Marys, Pottawatomie, Kansas, United StatesImmaculate Conception Church
Marriage 27 Nov 1884 Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas, United Statesto Annie Elizabeth Baird
Death? 8 Feb 1936 Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Burial[5] Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee, Kansas, United States
Reference Number? Q271023?

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Charles Curtis (January 25, 1860 – February 8, 1936) was an American attorney and Republican politician from Kansas who served as the 31st vice president of the United States from 1929 to 1933 under Herbert Hoover. He had served as the Senate Majority Leader from 1924 to 1929. In 1932, he became the only United States vice-president to inaugurate the Olympic games.

A member of the Kaw Nation born in the Kansas Territory, Curtis was the first person with any Native American ancestry or any other acknowledged non-European ancestry to reach either of the highest offices in the federal executive branch. He is the highest-ranking enrolled Native American who ever served in the federal government. He is also the most recent officer of the executive branch to have been born in a territory, rather than a state or federal district.

Based on his personal experience, Curtis believed that Indians could benefit from mainstream education and assimilation. He entered political life when he was 32 years old and won several terms from his district in Topeka, Kansas, beginning in 1892 as a Republican to the US House of Representatives. There, he sponsored and helped pass the Curtis Act of 1898, which extended the Dawes Act to the Five Civilized Tribes of Indian Territory. Implementation of the Act completed the ending of tribal land titles in Indian Territory and prepared the larger territory to be admitted as the State of Oklahoma, which occurred in 1907. The government tried to encourage Indians to accept individual citizenship and lands and to take up European-American culture.

Curtis was elected to the US Senate first by the Kansas Legislature in 1906 and then by popular vote in 1914, 1920, and 1926. Curtis served one six-year term from 1907 to 1913 and then most of three terms from 1915 to 1929, when he was elected as vice-president. His long popularity and connections in Kansas and federal politics helped make Curtis a strong leader in the Senate. He marshaled support to be elected as Republican Whip from 1915 to 1924 and then as Senate Majority Leader from 1924 to 1929. In those positions, he was instrumental in managing legislation and in accomplishing Republican national goals.

Curtis ran for vice president alongside Herbert Hoover for president in 1928. They won a landslide victory, but when they ran together again in 1932, during the Great Depression, they lost as the public gave the Democrats Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Nance Garner a landslide victory that year.

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  1.   Charles Curtis: Indian Vice-President.

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  2.   CURTIS, Charles, (1860 - 1936) , in Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

    Senate Years of Service: 1907-1913; 1915-1929

    Party: Republican; Republican

    CURTIS, Charles, a Representative and a Senator from Kansas and a Vice President of the United States; born in Topeka, Kans., January 25, 1860; attended the common schools; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1881 and commenced practice in Topeka; prosecuting attorney of Shawnee County 1885-1889; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-third and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1893, until January 28, 1907, when he resigned, having been elected Senator; chairman, Committee on Expenditures in the Department of the Interior (Fifty-fourth through Fifty-seventh Congresses); had been reelected to the Sixtieth Congress, but on January 23, 1907, was elected to the United States Senate as a Republican to fill the vacancy in the term ending March 3, 1907, caused by the resignation of Joseph R. Burton, and on the same day was elected for the full Senate term commencing March 4, 1907, and served from January 29, 1907, to March 3, 1913; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1912; served as President pro tempore of the Senate during the Sixty-second Congress; chairman, Committee on Indian Depredations (1905-11), Committee on Coast Defenses (1911-13), Republican Conference (1924-1929); again elected to the United States Senate for the term commencing March 4, 1915; reelected in 1920 and 1926 and served from March 4, 1915, until his resignation on March 3, 1929, having been elected Vice President of the United States; Republican whip 1915-1924; majority leader 1925-1929; elected Vice President of the United States on the Republican ticket headed by Herbert Hoover in 1928, was inaugurated on March 4, 1929, and served until March 3, 1933; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1932 for Vice President; resumed the practice of law in Washington, D.C., where he died on February 8, 1936; interment in Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, Kans.

  3.   Early Baptisms, in St. Mary's Immaculate Conception Church
  4.   Death Certificate , in Death Certificate Washington DC
  5. Charles Curtis, in Find A Grave.