Charles Curtis served as a U.S. representative and senator from Kansas. He was part Native American, as his mother was Kaw, Osage, and Potawatomi. He lived for many years on the Kaw Reservation. Curtis is the first person with significant Native American ancestry to reach a high level of office in the executive branch of government. Curtis was a strong leader in the Senate and elected as both minority whip and majority whip. In 1923 Charles Curtis proposed the first version of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution; however, the amendment did not go forward. When he resigned from the Senate to assume the vice presidency, he arranged for a Native American jazz band to perform at the inauguration. During the Depression, Curtis endorsed the five-day work week, with no reduction in wages as a work-sharing solution to unemployment.
This U.S. Vice President Charles Curtis History Mug is part of our U.S. Vice Presidents Series which includes all of the US Vice Presidents.
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