Charles Curtis

December 1st, 2009  |  Published in Education, History, Politics  | 

“Bias and prejudice are attitudes to be kept in hand, not attitudes to be avoided.

The above statement was spoken by Charles Curtis, the 31st Vice President of the United States of American Indian descent. Curtis held office from  1929 until 1933. His grandfather was Kaw Indian, and Curtis spent his childhood on the Kaw reservation. As a young man Curtis had a passion for politics, and after graduating high school he studied  law and was admitted to the Kansas bar in 1881. Curtis opened his own firm and practiced criminal law. In 1884, he won the election for Shawnee Kansas county attorney. Working his way up the political ladder, he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1907. Charles Curtis served as the Vice-president to Herbert Hoover.

William Allen White, the editor of the Emporia Gazette,  gives a description of  Mr. Curtis, based on an interview he had with him in 1891.

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