January 25th, 2017

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Vice President Charles Curtis

On this date in 1860, Charles Curtis was born in the Kansas Territory, about a year before it became the state of Kansas. He represented Kansas in the House of Representatives from 1893 to 1907, and then in the Senate from 1907 to 1913 and again from 1915 to 1929. In 1928, Curtis was elected the 31st US Vice President, on Herbert Hoover's ticket, becoming the first national office holder with significant acknowledged non-European ancestry. Though his father was of English and northern European ancestry, his mother was one-fourth Kaw Indian, one-fourth Osage, one-fourth Pottawatomie, and one-fourth French. After Hoover and Curtis's one term (which saw the arrival of the Great Depression), he retired to resume his legal career, staying in Washington, DC, to practice. He died of a heart attack in 1936.
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Presidential wedding anniversary: the McKinleys

On this date in 1871, 23-year-old Ida Saxton married 27-year-old William McKinley in her hometown of Canton, Ohio. The McKinleys had two daughters in the 1870s, but both died before the age of 4. In 1896, William was elected the 24th President of the United States and, though Ida was an invalid (suffering epileptic seizures), they were together through his first term, his re-election in 1900, and the beginning of his second term. He was assassinated in September 1901. She moved in with her younger sister in Ohio, and survived him by five and a half years, dying in May 1907.