The Charles Curtis story begins with Topeka and culminates with his role as the United States' first Read More
Also in 1884, Curtis began his first campaign for public office and became Shawnee County attorney. In 1889, Curtis failed to win the nomination for a vacancy in the House of Representatives by one vote, but just three years later Curtis went on to win the election for a seat in the House of Representatives and was re-elected for the next six terms. This was where Curtis became truly knowledgeable in the way of politics and this knowledge would eventually help him make it to the Senate and Vice-Presidency.
Curtis was elected Senator in 1907, a position he would hold unit 1929. During his time in the Senate he became even more influential. He eventually worked his way up to Senate majority leader in 1925 where he was known for his ability to accomplish results for both progressives and conservatives. Although Curtis had presidential aspirations, he was added to the election ballot as Vice President while Herbert Hoover got the nod for President. They went on to win the election and in 1929, he became the 31st Vice President of the United States.
More to know:
- The Story of the Kaw and Pappan's Ferry: Early history of the partnership between the Kaw Nation and Topeka's first European settlers that brought about a crucial crossing point for travelers traversing the plains.
- Strides to Statues: Topeka's downtown area is home to a historic statue tour that touches on famous Kansans like Charles Curtis as well artistic designs featuring local artists.
- Charles Curtis: From Kansas: History on Charles and his time in Topeka before and after becoming the first Native American Vice President.
- The first person of Color to serve as Vice President was Topekan Charles Curtis. He served as the first Native American to hold the office. He is joined by Kamala Harris, historically our first female Vice President, and the first person of African and South Asian descent.
Charles Curtis House Museum:*Currently Closed
UPDATE: The home is in estate transition and currently closed, please check back for updated information and re-opening.
When Charles Curtis was selected by President Herbert Hoover to serve as his Vice President, Curtis became the first Native American to hold the office, the first Vice President to come from west of the Mississippi, and the first Vice President from the state of Kansas. You can currently drive by the home, but tours are unavailable at this time.