Charles Curtis ( born January 25, 1860 in Topeka, Kansas, † February 8, 1936 in Washington, DC ) was an American politician of the Republican Party and from 1929 to 1933 the 31 Vice President of the United States.
His mother came from the people of Kansas. Charles Curtis was the first - and so far only - indianischstämmige politician who managed to take such a high political office.
Curtis studied law and worked as a lawyer in Topeka. From 1885 to 1889 he was a prosecutor in Shawnee County. From 1893 to 1907 he was as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. On January 23, 1907, he was elected to succeed the retiring Joseph R. Burton for U.S. Senator - be the first indianischstämmiger politicians. In the meantime, he served in the Senate, the office of President pro tempore. After a failed re-election in 1913, he retired first from the office, but in 1915 was again Senator and 1920 and 1926 successfully re-elected.
In the presidential elections in 1928, he won a landslide victory against Democrat Al Smith and Joseph Taylor Robinson, after which he joined in 1929 by the Senate in the Office of the Vice President on the side of Herbert Hoover. The defeat in the presidential election in 1932 ended the political career of Curtis.
In 1932, Curtis opened the summer Olympic games in Los Angeles.