Jan. 22 (Wednesday)

The 31st U.S. Vice President
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Full Name: Charles Curtis
Born: Jan. 25, 1860 in Topkeka, Kansas
Died: Feb. 8, 1936 in Washington, D.C.

Charles Curtis earned a reputation as a horse jockey on the Kaw reservation in Kansas Territory before he entered politics. Curtis later became an attorney before serving as a United States Representative (1893-1907), a Senator (1915-29) and Vice President (1929-33) under President Herbert Hoover.

Curtis was the first person with significant Native American ancestry to rise to the rank of Vice President. He was also the last Vice President who was unmarried while in office.