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Arthur Capper, Ben Paulin, Charles Curtis, and Carl R. Gray at Pawnee Capitol, Pawnee, Kansas

Arthur Capper, Ben Paulin, Charles Curtis, and Carl R. Gray at Pawnee Capitol, Pawnee, Kansas
Date: August 1, 1928
This photograph shows Senator Arthur Capper, Kansas Governor Ben Paulin, Vice President Charles Curtis, and Carl R. Gray standing from left to right while visiting the Pawnee Capitol in Pawnee, Kansas on August 1, 1928. The men visited the Pawnee Capitol, commonly referred to as the First Territorial Capitol at Fort Riley, when Senator Capper was visiting Kansas. The First Territorial Capitol was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.


Biographical circulars

Biographical circulars
Date: 1890-1899
This collection consists of biographical forms sent by F. G. Adams, secretary of the Kansas Historical Society, to individuals whose names appeared in historically significant materials in the collections of the Kansas Historical Society. The responses are arranged alphabetically by last name. Biographical information may include full name, place and date of birth, place and date of settlement, present residence, place and date of death, official positions, and/or addresses of family members.


Charles Curits correspondence, 1894

Charles Curits correspondence, 1894
Creator: Curtis, Charles, 1860-1936
Date: 1894
These letters are written by Charles Curtis and pulled from the Howel Jones and Ross Burns Collection. Charles Curtis was born January 25, 1860, in North Topeka, Kansas. He was descended from White Plume, chief of the Kaw Tribe, and Louis Pappan, one of the original settlers of North Topeka. He served as County Attorney from 1884-1889. In 1892, he was elected to the House of Representatives; he served in that body until his election to the Senate in 1907. He continued to serve in the Senate until his election to the vice-presidency under Herbert Hoover in 1928. He was the first Native American to be elected to national office. Howel Jones was a railroad officer; attorney; friend and senatorial campaign manager of Charles Curtis. His father-in-law is Ross Burns, who served in the Civil War in Battery A, 2nd Regiment of the Kansas State Militia.


Charles Curtis

Charles Curtis
Date: 1928
Charles Curtis in 1928 during his political campaign to become United States Vice President, under soon to be elected, President Herbert Hoover.


Charles Curtis

Charles Curtis
Date: 1929
This black and white photograph shows U.S. Vice-President Charles Curtis casting his ballot during a possible tie breaking vote in the United States Senate. Curtis, the thirty-first vice-president of the United States (1929-1933), was the first Native American to be elected to public office in the United States.


Charles Curtis

Charles Curtis
Date: 1928
These three sepia colored photographs show U.S. Senator Charles Curtis campaigning for the vice-presidency of the United States. Curtis and presidential running mate Herbert Clark Hoover, were elected in 1928 by defeating Democratic candidate Al Smith and running mate Joseph Taylor Robinson. The Hoover-Curtis ticket sought re-election in 1932, but the overwhelming economic problems facing the country cost them the election to Democratic candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt and his running mate John Nance Garner.


Charles Curtis and Herbert Clark Hoover

Charles Curtis and Herbert Clark Hoover
Creator: Underwood & Underwood
Date: Between 1928 and 1933
This black and white photograph shows Charles Curtis and Herbert Clark Hoover. The gentlemen were respectively elected in 1928, as the thirty-first Vice-President and President of the United States. The Hoover-Curtis ticket would seek re-election in 1932, but the overwhelming economic problems facing the country cost them the election to Democratic candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt and running mate John Nance Garner.


Charles Curtis correspondence, 1895-1896

Charles Curtis correspondence, 1895-1896
Creator: Curtis, Charles, 1860-1936
Date: 1895-1896
These letters are written by Charles Curtis and pulled from the Howel Jones and Ross Burns Collection. Charles Curtis was born January 25, 1860, in North Topeka, Kansas. He was descended from White Plume, chief of the Kaw Tribe, and Louis Pappan, one of the original settlers of North Topeka. He served as County Attorney from 1884-1889. In 1892, he was elected to the House of Representatives; he served in that body until his election to the Senate in 1907. He continued to serve in the Senate until his election to the vice-presidency under Herbert Hoover in 1928. He was the first Native American to be elected to national office. Howel Jones was a railroad officer; attorney; friend and senatorial campaign manager of Charles Curtis. His father-in-law is Ross Burns, who served in the Civil War in Battery A, 2nd Regiment of the Kansas State Militia.


Charles Curtis correspondence, 1897

Charles Curtis correspondence, 1897
Creator: Curtis, Charles, 1860-1936
Date: 1897
These letters are written by Charles Curtis and pulled from the Howel Jones and Ross Burns Collection. Charles Curtis was born January 25, 1860, in North Topeka, Kansas. He was descended from White Plume, chief of the Kaw Tribe, and Louis Pappan, one of the original settlers of North Topeka. He served as County Attorney from 1884-1889. In 1892, he was elected to the House of Representatives; he served in that body until his election to the Senate in 1907. He continued to serve in the Senate until his election to the vice-presidency under Herbert Hoover in 1928. He was the first Native American to be elected to national office. Howel Jones was a railroad officer; attorney; friend and senatorial campaign manager of Charles Curtis. His father-in-law is Ross Burns, who served in the Civil War in Battery A, 2nd Regiment of the Kansas State Militia.


Charles Curtis correspondence, 1898-1899

Charles Curtis correspondence, 1898-1899
Creator: Curtis, Charles, 1860-1936
Date: 1898-1899
These letters are written by Charles Curtis and pulled from the Howel Jones and Ross Burns Collection. Charles Curtis was born January 25, 1860, in North Topeka, Kansas. He was descended from White Plume, chief of the Kaw Tribe, and Louis Pappan, one of the original settlers of North Topeka. He served as County Attorney from 1884-1889. In 1892, he was elected to the House of Representatives; he served in that body until his election to the Senate in 1907. He continued to serve in the Senate until his election to the vice-presidency under Herbert Hoover in 1928. He was the first Native American to be elected to national office. Howel Jones was a railroad officer; attorney; friend and senatorial campaign manager of Charles Curtis. His father-in-law is Ross Burns, who served in the Civil War in Battery A, 2nd Regiment of the Kansas State Militia.


Charles Curtis correspondence, 1900-1902

Charles Curtis correspondence, 1900-1902
Creator: Curtis, Charles, 1860-1936
Date: 1900
These letters are written by Charles Curtis and pulled from the Howel Jones and Ross Burns Collection. Charles Curtis was born January 25, 1860, in North Topeka, Kansas. He was descended from White Plume, chief of the Kaw Tribe, and Louis Pappan, one of the original settlers of North Topeka. He served as County Attorney from 1884-1889. In 1892, he was elected to the House of Representatives; he served in that body until his election to the Senate in 1907. He continued to serve in the Senate until his election to the vice-presidency under Herbert Hoover in 1928. He was the first Native American to be elected to national office. Howel Jones was a railroad officer; attorney; friend and senatorial campaign manager of Charles Curtis. His father-in-law is Ross Burns, who served in the Civil War in Battery A, 2nd Regiment of the Kansas State Militia.


Charles Curtis correspondence, 1923-1928

Charles Curtis correspondence, 1923-1928
Creator: Curtis, Charles, 1860-1936
Date: 1923-1928
These letters are written by Charles Curtis and pulled from the Howel Jones and Ross Burns Collection. Charles Curtis was born January 25, 1860, in North Topeka, Kansas. He was descended from White Plume, chief of the Kaw Tribe, and Louis Pappan, one of the original settlers of North Topeka. He served as County Attorney from 1884-1889. In 1892, he was elected to the House of Representatives; he served in that body until his election to the Senate in 1907. He continued to serve in the Senate until his election to the vice-presidency under Herbert Hoover in 1928. He was the first Native American to be elected to national office. Howel Jones was a railroad officer; attorney; friend and senatorial campaign manager of Charles Curtis. His father-in-law is Ross Burns, who served in the Civil War in Battery A, 2nd Regiment of the Kansas State Militia.


Charles Curtis correspondence, undated

Charles Curtis correspondence, undated
Creator: Curtis, Charles, 1860-1936
Date: Between 1894 and 1910
These letters are written by Charles Curtis and pulled from the Howel Jones and Ross Burns Collection. Charles Curtis was born January 25, 1860, in North Topeka, Kansas. He was descended from White Plume, chief of the Kaw Tribe, and Louis Pappan, one of the original settlers of North Topeka. He served as County Attorney from 1884-1889. In 1892, he was elected to the House of Representatives; he served in that body until his election to the Senate in 1907. He continued to serve in the Senate until his election to the vice-presidency under Herbert Hoover in 1928. He was the first Native American to be elected to national office. Howel Jones was a railroad officer; attorney; friend and senatorial campaign manager of Charles Curtis. His father-in-law is Ross Burns, who served in the Civil War in Battery A, 2nd Regiment of the Kansas State Militia.


Charles Curtis' home, Topeka, Kansas

Charles Curtis' home, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1929
This photograph shows Charles Curtis' home at 1101 Topeka Avenue in Topeka, Kansas.


Charles Curtis' notification day in Topeka, Kansas

Charles Curtis' notification day in Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1928 and 1932
Two photographs showing Charles Curtis' notification ceremony at the Kansas capitol in Topeka, Kansas. The ceremony celebrated Curtis' nomination as United States Vice President. Curtis, a member of the Kaw tribe, represented Kansas in the United States House of Representatives,1899-1907 and Senate, 1907-1929. He and Herbert Hoover, the presidential candidate, were on a ticket which was victorious in November 1928, over the Democratic ticket of Alfred Smith and Joseph T. Robinson. Hoover and Curtis served one term before being defeated by Franklin D. Roosevelt and John Nance Garner in 1932.


Charles Curtis, Pawnee, Oklahoma

Charles Curtis, Pawnee, Oklahoma
Creator: Merryman Studio, Pawnee, Oklahoma
Date: September 29, 1928
This black and white photograph shows U.S. Senator Charles Curtis, standing before "The Pawnee Bill" stage coach at the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot at Pawnee, Oklahoma. In the background a crowd has gathered to meet the Kansas senator.


Charles Curtis political button

Charles Curtis political button
Date: 1893
Small political campaign button featuring Charles Curtis. Born in Topeka, Kansas, Curtis served in the United States Congress and was later elected Vice President. He was the first individual of American Indian ancestry to reach that high office. This button depicts a very young Curtis and was probably used in his early campaigns for the Kansas seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Charles Curtis, Vice President of the United States

Charles Curtis, Vice President of the United States
Date: Between 1920 and 1933
Portrait of Charles Curtis, 1860-1936, United States Congressman, 1893-1907, U. S. Senator, 1907-1913 and 1915-1929, and Vice President of the United States, 1929-1933.


Charles Curtis, Vice President of the United States

Charles Curtis, Vice President of the United States
Date: Between 1928 and 1933
Vice President of the United States, Charles Curtis, 1860-1936, standing on the steps of the United States Capitol, Washington, D.C.


Correspondence between Senator Charles Curtis and Amabel Gossett

Correspondence between Senator Charles Curtis and Amabel Gossett
Date: January 07, 1924-January 12, 1924
Correspondence between Senator Charles Curtis of Kansas and Amabel Gossett of Topeka, Kansas regarding The Woman's Club of Topeka, the World Court, and the Upper Mississippi River National Reserve.


Dollie Gann Curtis correspondence

Dollie Gann Curtis correspondence
Date: Between 1890 and 1930
This letter is written by Dollie Curtis Gann, Charles Curtis' half-sister, to Howel Jones. It is pulled from the Howel Jones and Ross Burns Collection. Charles Curtis was born January 25, 1860, in North Topeka, Kansas. He was descended from White Plume, chief of the Kaw Tribe, and Louis Pappan, one of the original settlers of North Topeka. He served as County Attorney from 1884-1889. In 1892, he was elected to the House of Representatives; he served in that body until his election to the Senate in 1907. He continued to serve in the Senate until his election to the vice-presidency under Herbert Hoover in 1928. He was the first Native American to be elected to national office. Howel Jones was a railroad officer; attorney; friend and senatorial campaign manager of Charles Curtis. His father-in-law is Ross Burns, who served in the Civil War in Battery A, 2nd Regiment of the Kansas State Militia.


Henry J. Allen, Charles Curtis, and Arthur Capper

Henry J. Allen, Charles Curtis, and Arthur Capper
Date: July 11, 1929
An informal portrait of U. S. Senator Henry J. Allen (left of the child in the center), Vice President Charles Curtis, and U. S. Senator Arthur Capper, standing with fellow celebrants at the 75th Anniversary celebration of Atchison, Kansas. Capper (1865-1951) a native of Garnett, Kansas, served as Kansas Governor from 1915 to 1919 and then as U. S. Senator from 1919 to 1949.


Herbert Clark Hoover and Charles Curtis

Herbert Clark Hoover and Charles Curtis
Date: Between 1928 and 1933
This black and white photograph shows the thirty-first President of the United States Herbert Clark Hoover and his Vice President, Kansas native Charles Curtis, (1929-1933). The gentleman were elected in 1928 by defeating Democratic candidate Al Smith and running mate Joseph Taylor Robinson. The Hoover-Curtis ticket would seek re-election in 1932, but the overwhelming economic problems facing the country eventually cost them the election, losing to Democratic candidate Franklin D. Roosevelt and his running mate John Nance Garner.


Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis

Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis
Date: 1928
This photograph shows a campaign poster promoting Republican nominees for U.S. President and Vice President, Herbert Hoover and Charles Curtis. The two were elected in 1928 in a landslide victory over Democratic candidate Al Smith and running mate Joseph Taylor Robinson.


Homestead deed, Kaw Indian roll no. 138

Homestead deed, Kaw Indian roll no. 138
Date: May 13, 1903-May 15, 1903
A homestead deed for Charles Curtis, a member of the Kaw tribe of Indians, signed by Wah-shun-gah, head chief of Kansas or Kaw tribe. Photostat copy made from original lent by Doctor Berlin B. Chapman, Oklahoma, A. & M., August 1946. Curtis served in the U.S. Senate for Kansas from March 4, 1907 - March 3, 1913 and was vice-president to Herbert Hoover from March 4, 1929 - March 3, 1933.


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