Please consider this petition for a United States Postal stamp with the picture/portrait of Vice-President Charles Curtis(Native-American) to be issued on or before Jan. 25, 2035; on the 175th birthday of Charles Curtis, the 31st Vice-President of United States of America; from Topeka, Kansas. Please consider all the 'firsts' that are throughout his lifetime. With all of his achievements; one of his most notable achievement was the original filing of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) as Senate Joint Resolution No. 21 on Dec. 10, 1923 as Senator Charles Curtis with House Representative Daniel R. Anthony, Jr. (Susan B. Anthony's nephew); both were Republicans, and both were from Kansas. Though the resolution failed; the resolution continued to be re-introduced into every Congress since where it finally passed in 1972 with enough votes to be sent to the states for ratification, but ratification (needed 3/4ths or 38 states) failed.
The legacy of Charles Curtis still lives on in many of the reforms he proposed, or supported while he was a Senator in Congress. He supported women having the right to vote. He also urged women "Now that you have the right to vote, don't let your husband stop you, go out and use it!" He helped the Indians "become" Americans in 1924 so that they could get more rights, to be able to vote, to save their water rights and mineral rights on all the Native American (Indian) reservations. Though many states refused to allow Native-Americans the right to vote long after his death in 1936 . It was not until 1948 that the United States Federal Government stepped in, and told the last 3 hold-out states that Federal Assistance would be stopped unless the Native-Americans were given the right to vote. Many states would give the Native-Americans right to vote ONLY for the President of the United States, which has since changed. The "Curtis Rule" is a proposal (aka joker legislation) that he suggested to Congress about bills that are introduced, to being allowed to be in committees, or sub-committees for a certain length of time before a decision is made on them. This would prevent the committees taking their time with them, this rule is still in effect in Congress today.
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We, who have signed this petition; ask that you please consider this as a request for a stamp with the picture/portrait of Vice-President Charles Curtis to be issued on or before Jan. 25, 2035; on the 175th birthday of Charles Curtis, the 31st Vice-President of United States of America; from Topeka, Kansas. Please consider all the 'firsts' that are throughout his life, with all of his lifetime achievements; Native-American, Republican who began his public career as an attorney, then House Representative, then Senator for Kansas, then elected as Vice-President with President Herbert Hoover.
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