31st U.S. Vice-President
Who was Charles Curtis?
Charles Curtis was the 31st Vice President of the United States. His great-grandmother was Wy-he-see, daughter of White Plume, Chief of the Kaws, and granddaughter of White Hair, Chief of the Osages. This made Charles Curtis the first person to reach the two highest offices of the U. S. executive branch who had significant Native American ancestry. He spent part of his childhood being raised by his grandparents on the Kaw Reservation.
Charles Curtis had a number of U.S. Presidential kin including Franklin Pierce, Grover Cleveland, Calvin Coolidge, Gerald Ford, Rutherford B. Hayes, and both Presidents Bush. U.S. Vice Presidential kin include Levi Parsons Morton and Charles Dawes. Family connections to U.S. First Ladies include Mamie (Doud) Eisenhower and Ellen Louise (Axon) Wilson.
Some literary legends among Charles Curtis's family tree include poet Ralph Waldo Emerson, author Harriet Beecher Stowe, poet Emily Dickinson, author Helen Keller, and author Ernest Hemingway. Celebrities with family connections to Charles Curtis include Clint Eastwood, John Wayne, Lucille Ball, Matt Damon, Humphrey Bogart, Shirley Temple, Christopher Reeve, Jodie Foster, Janis Joplin, and Kate Upton.
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