Charles Curtis, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Charles Curtis

American politician, Vice-President of the United States from 1929ÔÇô1933

Date of Birth: 25-Jan-1860

Place of Birth: Topeka, Kansas, United States

Date of Death: 08-Feb-1936

Profession: lawyer, politician, prosecutor

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Charles Curtis

  • Charles Curtis (January 25, 1860 ÔÇô February 8, 1936) was a Kaw-American attorney and Republican politician from Kansas, who was elected in 1928 on a ticket with Herbert Hoover, and served as the 31st vice president of the United States from 1929 to 1933. After serving as a United States representative and being repeatedly re-elected as United States senator from Kansas, Curtis was chosen as Senate Majority Leader by his Republican colleagues.
  • A member of the Kaw Nation born in the Kansas Territory, Curtis was the first person with significant Native American ancestry and the first person with acknowledged non-European ancestry to reach either of the highest offices in the Federal Executive Branch.
  • He is the highest-ranking enrolled Native American ever to serve in the federal government.
  • He is the most recent Executive Branch officer to have been born in a territory rather than a state.
  • His mother was Native American of mixed Kaw, Osage and French ancestry.
  • His father was of British origin. As an attorney, Curtis entered political life at the age of 32.
  • He won multiple terms from his district in Topeka, Kansas, beginning in 1892 as a Republican to the U.S.
  • House of Representatives.
  • He 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 (after his election as vice president).
  • His long popularity and connections in Kansas and national politics helped make Curtis a strong leader in the Senate; he marshaled support to be elected as Senate Minority Whip from 1915 to 1925 and then as Senate Majority Leader from 1925 to 1929.
  • In these positions, he was instrumental in managing legislation and accomplishing Republican national goals. Curtis ran for vice president with Herbert Hoover as President in 1928.
  • They won a landslide victory.
  • When they ran together again in 1932, during the Great Depression, the public elected Democrats Franklin D.
  • Roosevelt and John Nance Garner in a subsequent landslide.

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