WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
NATIVE AMERICAN VICE PRESIDENT
Profile America — Tuesday, November 8th. This day in 1892 was, like today, an election day. Winning his first Federal office then as a Representative was Charles Curtis of Kansas. Curtis, who spent much of his youth on his mother's reservation, was possibly the first person of Native American heritage to be elected to Congress, and definitely the first in the Senate. There, he rose to Senate Majority Leader in 1925. He sought the presidential nomination in 1928, but wound up his career as Herbert Hoover's Vice President. There are about 5.4 million Native Americans and Alaska Natives of single or mixed race, as was Vice President Curtis. Of the 199-million U.S. residents of voting age in 2014, 3.8 million were of American Indian and Alaska Native heritage. Profile America is in its 20th year as a public service of the U.S. Census Bureau.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 2651
Curtis biography/accessed 9/8/2016: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/common/generic/VP_Charles_Curtis.htm
Population/ 2014 estimates: http://factfinder.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=PEP_2014_PEPAGESEX&prodType=table
American Indians and Alaska Natives of voting age: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/14_1YR/S0201//popgroup~009
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau