Curtis, Charles (1860–1936), the 31st Vice President of the United States. A conservative Republican, he served under President Herbert Hoover, 1929–33. He was defeated with Hoover in the election of 1932.
Curtis whose mother was part Indian, was born on Kansas (Kaw) land now within North Topeka, Kansas. He began to study law in 1879 and in 1881 was admitted to the bar. From 1884 to 1888, he was county attorney for Shawnee County. Curtis was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1892 and served seven terms. He ran successfully for the U.S. Senate in 1906 but was defeated in 1912. He was reelected in 1914 and was Republican whip in the Senate, 1915–24, and Senate majority leader, 1924–29.
After leaving the Vice Presidency, Curtis practiced law in Washington, D.C.