Session Law

Identifying Information:L. 2001 ch. 223
Other Identifying Information:2001 House Concurrent Resolution 5021
Tax Type:Other
Brief Description:A Concurrent Resolution proposing to name the new state office buildingthe Charles Curtis State Office Building.




A Concurrent Resolution proposing to name the new state office building

the Charles Curtis State Office Building.

WHEREAS, The state has nearly completed construction of a new

office building on the southwest corner of the junction of Kansas Avenue

and 10th Street in Topeka, and it is appropriate that this building be

named after former Vice-President Charles Curtis; and

WHEREAS, Charles Curtis was born January 25, 1860, in North To-

peka; and

WHEREAS, Charles Curtis was the great-great-grandson of Chief

White Plume, a chief of the Kansa/Kaw tribe. After his mother died he

was sent to live with his maternal grandmother, Julie Conville Pappan,

on the Kansa/Kaw Indian reservation in Morris County. He lived in a tipi

on the reservation for eight years, and although he attended a mission

school, didn't learn to read or write until he was nine years old; and

WHEREAS, Charles Curtis read law in Topeka and was admitted to

the Kansas bar at age 21. He was elected County Attorney for Shawnee

County at age 24, earning a reputation as a tough and impartial prosecutor

often quoted as saying ``If you don't want the laws enforced, don't vote

for me''; and

WHEREAS, Subsequently Charles Curtis served in the United States

House of Representatives from 1893-1907, and in the United States Sen-

ate from 1907-1913 and again from 1915-1929; and

WHEREAS, Charles Curtis served as Majority Leader of the United

States Senate from 1925-1929; and

WHEREAS, Throughout his Congressional career, Charles Curtis

sought to advance the causes of Native Americans, farmers and women's

rights, playing an influential role in the passage of the 19th amendment

to the United State Constitution granting women the right to vote; and

WHEREAS, Charles Curtis is credited with preventing the closing of

Ft. Riley and Ft. Leavenworth following the end of World War I; and

WHEREAS, Charles Curtis ran for President of the United States in

1928, losing his party's nomination to Herbert Hoover at the Republican

National Convention held in Kansas City; and

WHEREAS, Charles Curtis was subsequently nominated and served

as the 31st Vice-President of the United States from 1929-1933; and

WHEREAS, Charles Curtis, having held public office for 38 years, is

the highest elected native Kansan, and the only person of Native Amer-

ican descent, to hold the office of Vice-President of the United States;


WHEREAS, Charles Curtis died in Washington, D.C. on February 8,

1936, and was honored by his state with the only funeral service ever held

in the Kansas statehouse. A plaque dedicated to his memory is located

on the south steps of the capitol; and

WHEREAS, It is entirely fitting to name our new office building after

Charles Curtis. He was our first statesman with Native American ancestry.

He represented the state with great distinction for many years in Wash-

ington, and locally his home and law office are within sight of the new

office building: Now, therefore,

Be it resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Kansas,

the Senate concurring therein: That the new state office building should

be named and designated as the Charles Curtis State Office Building;


Be it further resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send

enrolled copies of this resolution to the Governor and the Secretary of


Adopted by the House March 14, 1999.

Adopted by the Senate

March 22, 2000.


Date Composed: 09/25/2001 Date Modified: 09/25/2001