ⓘ Charles Curtis

Charles Curtis

ⓘ Charles Curtis

Charles Curtis 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. 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.