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NameJohn Glenn
Columbus, Ohio , United States
Born July 18, 1921
DiedDecember 08, 2016 (95 years)
Last ModifedDavid
Jul 18, 2020 01:22pm
Tags Caucasian - English - Irish - Married - Marine Corps - Freemason - Christian - Presbyterian - Protestant - Straight -
InfoCol. John Herschel Glenn, Jr.

GLENN, John Herschel, Jr., a Senator from Ohio; born in Cambridge, Guernsey County, Ohio, 7/18/1921, the son of John Herschel and Clara Sproat Glenn. At age two, young John moved with his parents to New Concord, where his father opened a plumbing business. After relocating to New Concord, the Glenns built a home that doubled as a rooming house for students from nearby Muskingum College.

Educated in the public schools of New Concord, Ohio; graduated, Muskingum College

U.S. Marines, 1942-65. Enlisted in the Naval Aviation Cadet Program and became a Marine pilot. He flew 59 combat missions in the South Pacific during Word War II. When the Korean conflict began, Glenn asked for combat duty and flew 63 missions. For his total of 149 missions during the two wars, he received many decorations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross six times. After the Korean conflict, Glenn attended test pilot school and then joined the Naval Air Test Center's staff of expert flyers. He served as a test pilot for Naval and Marine aircraft, including the FJ3, the F7U Cutlass, and the F8U Crusader. One of Glenn's most notable accomplishments during this period was the 1957 speed record he set flying from Los Angeles to New York in three hours and 23 minutes. "Project Bullet" secured Glenn's reputation as one of the country's top test pilots and provided a stepping stone for his participation in the emerging space exploration program.

Astronaut, 1959-1964. He entered the space program as a participant in the National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics' "G" force tests. When NASA put out a call for pilots to participate in its suborbital and orbital program, Glenn volunteered without hesitation. In 1959, NASA selected him as one of the first seven astronauts in the U.S. space program. On February 20, 1962, atop an Atlas rocket, he rode into space and piloted the Friendship 7 spacecraft around the globe three times, becoming the first American to orbit the earth.

Candidate for US Senate (D-OH) 1964; lost the primary to incumbent Democratic Sen. Stephen M. Young. An accident forced him to leave the race early in the campaign and to put his political career on hold.

President of Royal Crown Cola, late 1960s (!).

Candidate for US Senate (D-OH) 1970; lost the primary to Howard Metzenbaum.

US Senate (D-OH) 1974-1999. Elected in 1974, defeating former Cleveland Mayor Ralph J. Perk. Subsequently appointed to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Sen. Metzenbaum for the last two weeks of the term 1974-1975. Took a leading role in weapons control and government affairs. He was chief author of the 1978 Nonproliferation Act, served as chairman of the Senate Government Affairs Committee from 1978 until 1995, and sat on the Foreign Relations and Armed Services committees and the Special Committee on Aging. Never far from the center of Democratic politics, he was a contender for the vice presidential nomination three times and ran in the Democratic primaries as a presidential candidate in 1984. Grand Marshal of the Tournament of Roses Parade 1990. Glenn announced on 2/20/1997, the 30th anniversary of his orbit around the earth, that he would retire from the senate.

Returned to space as payload specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, 10/29 to 11/7/1998. He was the oldest human ever to venture into space.

John and Annie Glenn founded the John Glenn Institute for Public Service at the Ohio State University. Through its programs, they seek to improve the quality of public service and to encourage young people to pursue careers in government. The Glenns also serve as trustees of Muskingum College, their alma mater.




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