Vice President Charles Curtis: From The Reservation To The White House
Charles Curtis was the 31st Vice President of the United States, serving under Herbert Hoover from 1929 to 1933; before becoming the Vice President, he was the Senate Majority Leader from 1924 to 1929. Charles Curtis was the only multi-racial person to serve as Vice President prior to the election of Kamala Harris.
Curtis was born on January 25, 1860, in North Topeka, Kansas Territory. In 1861, Kansas became a state. Curtis’ mother, Ellen Papin (also spelled Pappan) was Kaw, Osage, Potawatomi, and French. On his mother’s side, he was a descendent of chief White Plume of the Kaw Nation and chief Pawhuska of the Osage. His father, Orren Curtis, had English, Welsh, and Scottish ancestry. Thus, Curtis was three-eighths Native American and five-eighths European American.