Charles Curtis

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Charles Curtis (January 25, 1860February 8, 1936) was an American attorney and politician, elected as the 31st Vice President of the United States (1929-1933) with President Herbert Hoover.

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. Born in Kansas Territory to a mother of the Kaw Nation, 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 United States government's executive branch. He also was an Executive Branch officer born in a territory rather than a state.

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