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Mike Pence of Indiana is the 48th and current Vice President of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017, for the term ending on January 20, 2021. As a result of the 2020 United States Presidential Election, Kamala Harris was elected to be the 49th Vice President and will assume the office on January 20, 2021.
There have been 48 vice presidents of the United States since the office came into existence in 1789. Originally, the vice president was the person who received the second most votes for president in the Electoral College. However, in the election of 1800 a tie in the electoral college between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr led to the selection of the president by the House of Representatives. To prevent such an event from happening again, the Twelfth Amendment was added to the Constitution, cr
The following Vice Presidents either became President after the death or resignation of the President, or were elected in their own right: John Adams Thomas Jefferson Martin Van Buren John Tyler Millard Fillmore Andrew Johnson Chester Arthur Theodore Roosevelt Calvin Coolidge Harry S. Truman Lyndon ...
The Office of the Vice President includes personnel who directly support or advise the Vice President of the United States. The Office is headed by the Chief of Staff to the Vice President of the United States, currently Marc Short. The Office also provides staffing and support to the Second Lady of the United States. It is primarily housed in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, with offices for the Vice President also in the West Wing, the U.S. Capitol and in the Vice President's official
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The oath of office of the vice president of the United States is the oath or affirmation that the vice president of the United States takes upon assuming the vice-presidency but before he or she begins the execution of the office. It is the same oath that members of the United States Congress take upon entering office. Just before the president-elect takes the oath of office on Inauguration Day, the vice president-elect will step forward on the inaugural platform and repeat the oath of office to
The 1st Congress passed an oath act in May 1789, authorizing only U.S. senators to administer the oath to the vice president. Later that year, legislation passed that allowed courts to administer all oaths and affirmations. Since 1789, the oath has been changed several times by Congress. The present oath repeated by the vice president, senators, representatives, and other government officers has been in use since 1884. When the vice presidency was established in 1789, and for the century that fo
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Charles Curtis was an American attorney and Republican politician from Kansas who served as the 31st vice president of the United States from 1929 to 1933, becoming the first person of Native American ancestry to hold the office of vice president. He also previously served as the Senate Majority Leader from 1924 to 1929. A member of the Kaw Nation born in the Kansas Territory, Curtis was the first person with any Native American ancestry and with acknowledged non-European ancestry to reach eithe
Born on January 25, 1860, in North Topeka, Kansas Territory, a year before Kansas was admitted as a state, Charles Curtis had roughly 3⁄8 Native American ancestry and 5⁄8 European American. His mother, Ellen Papin, was Kaw, Osage, Potawatomi, and French. His father, Orren Curtis, was of English, Scots, and Welsh ancestry. On his mother's side, Curtis was a descendant of chief White Plume of the Kaw Nation and chief Pawhuska of the Osage. Curtis's first words as an infant were in French ...
On November 27, 1884, Curtis married Annie Elizabeth Baird. They had three children: Permelia Jeannette Curtis, Henry "Harry" King Curtis, and Leona Virginia Curtis. He and his wife also provided a home in Topeka for his paternal sister Dolly Curtis before her marriage. His wife died in 1924. A widower when elected vice president in 1928, Curtis had his long-since-married sister, Dolly Curtis Gann, act as his official hostess for social events. She had lived with her husband, Edward Everett Gann
First elected as a Republican to the House of Representatives of the 53rd Congress, Curtis was re-elected for the following six terms. Naturally gregarious, he also made the effort to learn about his many constituents and treated them as personal friends. In 1902, the Kaw Allotment Act disbanded the Kaw Nation as a legal entity and provided for the allotment of its communal land to members, in a process similar to that experienced by other tribes. The act transferred 160 acres of former tribal l
Curtis resigned from the House after having been elected by the Kansas Legislature to the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the resignation of Joseph R. Burton. Curtis served the remainder of his current term, ending on March 4, 1907. At the same time, the legislature elected Curtis to the next full Senate term commencing March 4; he served until March 4, 1913. In 1912, Democrats won control of the Kansas legislature, so Curtis was not re-elected. The 17th Amendment, providing for direct popular e
Curtis received 64 votes on the presidential ballot at the 1928 Republican National Convention in Kansas City, out of 1,084 total. The winning candidate, Herbert Hoover, secured 837 votes, having been the favorite for the nomination since August 1927. Curtis was a leader of the anti-Hoover movement, forming an alliance with two of his Senate colleagues, Guy Goff and James E. Watson, as well as Governor Frank Lowden of Illinois. Less than a week before the convention, he described Hoover as a man
The United States Constitution says that the Vice President of the United States is the person who will replace the President if the President is not able to continue. The laws about succession (after the Vice President) were first created in 1792. The second in line, after the Vice President was the leader of the Senate.
Number One Observatory Circle is the official residence of the vice president of the United States.Located on the northeast grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., the house was built in 1893 for its superintendent.