John Glenn

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John H. Glenn, Jr.
United States Senator
from Ohio
In office
December 24, 1974 – January 3, 1999
Preceded by Howard Metzenbaum
Succeeded by George Voinovich
Personal details
Born July 18, 1921 (1921-07-18) (age 93)
Cambridge, Ohio, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Annie Glenn
Religion Presbyterian

John Herschel Glenn Jr. (born July 18, 1921) is a former United States Senator. He is best known for being the first American to orbit the Earth as an astronaut for NASA. In 1998, he made his second spaceflight at the age of 77 years. He is the oldest man ever in outer space.[1]

Early life[change | change source]

John Glenn was born in Cambridge, Ohio, to John Glenn, Sr. and Teresa (née Sproat).[2] He was raised in New Concord, Ohio. Glenn studied science at Muskingum College, and received his private pilot's license for physics course credit in 1941.

He received a bachelor of science at Muskingum College. He joined the United States Marine Corps and became a pilot.

Career[change | change source]

On July 16, 1957, then-Major Glenn set the Transcontinental air speed record, flying a F8U-1 Crusader from NAS Los Alamitos to Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, in 3 hours, 23 minutes, and 8.4 seconds.

Project Bullet, as the mission was called, provided both the first transcontinental flight to average supersonic speed, and the first continuous transcontinental panoramic photograph of the United States. Glenn was awarded his fifth Distinguished Flying Cross for the mission.

Later he joined Project Mercury and went into outer space.

Personal life[change | change source]

On April 6, 1943, Glenn married his childhood sweetheart, Anna Margaret Castor. They had met in New Concord and played together in the school band. They are the parents of two children.

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