Glenn, John, 1921-2016

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Birth 1921-07-18
Death 2016-12-08

Biographical notes:

John Herschel Glenn, Jr. (b. July 18, 1921, Cambridge, Guernsey County-d. December 8, 2016, Columbus, Ohio), astronaut and U.S. Senator from Ohio. He attended public schools of New Concord, Ohio, and later graduated from Muskingum College. Glenn served in the United States Marine Corps from 1942 to 1965, and was later a test pilot and joining the United States space program in 1959. He was selected as one of the original seven Mercury astronauts. In February 1962, Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth. Glenn was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate in 1964, but was later elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in November 1974, for the term commencing January 3, 1975. Subsequently, on December 24, 1974, he was appointed by to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Howard M. Metzenbaum for the term ending January 3, 1975. He was reelected in 1980, 1986, and again in 1992 for the term ending January 3, 1999. He was not a candidate for reelection in 1998. Glenn served as Chairman of the Committee on Governmental Affairs during the One Hundredth through One Hundred Third Congresses. He returned to space as a payload specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, October 29 to November 7, 1998.


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