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John Glenn is a former American pilot, astronaut, engineer and United States senator

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BirthdayJuly 18, 1921
NationalityAmerican
FamousTthe First American to Orbit the Earth, Democrats, Leaders, Political Leaders, Astronauts
IdeologiesDemocrats
Nick namesMagnet Ass
SpousesAnna Margaret Castor
Known asJohn Herschel Glenn Jr.
Childrens Carolyn Ann Glenn, John David Glenn
Universities
  • Muskingum University
Birth PlaceCambridge
Political IdeologyDemocratic
ReligionPresbyterian
Height179cm
GenderMale
FatherJohn Herschel Glenn
MotherClara Sproat
Net Worth$5 million as of Jan 15,2017
Sun SignCancer
Born inCambridge
Famous asTthe First American to Orbit the Earth

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Who is John Glenn?

The first American astronaut to orbit the earth, the third and the oldest American to make it to space, John Glenn is a man who has donned numerous hats in his lifetime. Before he became a legendary hero, he was a dedicated countryman who served in the United Sates Military, Navy and the Marine Corps. He served in the World War II and the Korean War, leading and flying many successful missions. Soon after, he became a test pilot and received a Distinguished Flying Cross for his record non-stop supersonic transcontinental flight from Los Angeles to New York. He was later recruited into NASA. On-board the ‘Friendship 7' spaceship, he successfully encircled the earth three times, thus becoming the first American to orbit the Earth. He then retired from NASA and became the United States Senator from Ohio and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs. He passionately campaigned against nuclear weapons all through his tenure in the Senate. He has received numerous awards and decorations including the NASA service medal, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom among many others.

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Childhood & Early Life

John Herschel Glenn, Jr. was born in Cambridge, Ohio, U.S. His parents were John Glenn, Sr. and Teresa; they raised him in the neighbourhood of New Concord, Ohio.

He attended the Muskingum College, where he studied engineering. In 1941, he obtained a license as a private pilot after he finished a course in physics and received a credit.

In March 1942, he was commissioned as a United States Navy aviation cadet and was trained at the Naval Air Station Olathe, Kansas. There, he flew his first solo military aircraft.

Career

From 1943, he received advanced flight training at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. He was later enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps and was assigned to work under Marine squadron VMJ-353, where he flew transport planes.

During the World War II, he was commissioned to the Pacific front, where he flew 59 combat missions. He stayed in the military even after the war and later served in the Korean War.

In 1957, he set a major new speed record after he piloted a plane from Los Angeles to New York within three hours, twenty three minutes and 8.3 seconds. It was the first supersonic transcontinental flight

In 1958, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was formed. The following year, he applied for the recruiting program for astronauts launched by NASA and was selected for the same. Thus, he became one of the seven astronauts to be selected.

In 1962, on board the 'Friendship 7' spacecraft, he successfully encircled the earth three times in flight duration of 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds. Even after worries about the heat shield not being attached firmly, he managed a safe landing.

In July, 1962, he was part of the committee which testified against the House Space Committee, forbidding women to be a part of the NASA astronaut program.

In 1963, he resigned from his position in NASA and decided to run for the office of the Senator in his native state, Ohio. In the next two years, he retired as a Marine Corps Colonel and joined Royal Crown Cola as a business executive.

On December 24, 1974, he took office as a United States Senator from Ohio, finally winning after a few failed attempts. During his term, he campaigned for more research in space and science related activities.

In 1976, he also made his bid for the Democratic vice presidential nomination. He however, did not impress many delegates at the Democratic National Convention, where he gave his keynote address.

In 1978, he became the chief author of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act. This was one of the major bills to be passed against nuclear weapons during his tenure in the Senate.

In 1980, he won the re-election into the U.S Senate, in what turned out to be a landslide victory. He defeated the Republican candidate, Jim Betts by a margin of over 40 percent of votes.

In April 1983, he stood in the race for the presidential candidacy and ran as a centrist, but later on in March the following year, he quit the race because of the poor showings in the early primary elections.

In 1986, he was re-elected into the Senate. He was also appointed as the Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee, a position he held until 1995. During his term at the office, he made efforts to ensure safety precautions are taken at nuclear weapon facilities.

In 1991, he travelled to Kuwait, where he led the congressional delegation, after the Persian Gulf War. This resulted in the documentation of a legislation that allowed benefits to war veterans.

On October 29, 1998, while he was still holding the office of the Senate, he boarded the ‘Discovery’ space shuttle and ventured for a nine-day mission, thus becoming the oldest man to fly in space. He was 77 years old.

The following year he retired from the office of the Senate consequently ending his 24-years of service in the office.

Major Works

He completed the mission ‘Project Bullet’ on July 16, 1957, which involved him piloting the first supersonic transcontinental flight, from Los Angeles to New York, in a Vought F8U-1P Crusader, in a record, 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8.3 seconds. The journey not only recorded the first average supersonic speed but also the first continuous transcontinental panoramic photograph of the United States

Twice in his lifetime, he ventured out in the space, first as one of the seven astronauts and the first American who orbited the Earth three times aboard ‘Friendship 7’ space shuttle on February 20, 1962 and later being one of the crew members for ‘Discovery’ which entailed on a nine-day mission. For the latter, he became the oldest man to fly in space.

Awards & Achievements

He is the proud recipient of the ‘Distinguished Flying Cross', ‘World War II Victory Medal' and the 'Congressional Space Medal of Honor'.

In 1961, the Muskingum University presented him with an honorary LL.D.

In 1962, he was awarded the NASA service medal by then-President John F Kennedy.

In 1990, he was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame.

In 2000, he was awarded the U.S. Senator John Heinz Award for ‘Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official’.

In 2004, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars bestowed upon him the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.

In 2012, President Barack Obama awarded him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Personal Life & Legacy

In 1943, he married his long-time girlfriend and childhood sweetheart, Anna Margaret Castor. They have two children.

He is believed to be a ‘Freemason’. He is also a member of the Masonic youth group, ‘DeMolay International'.

In 1962, a documentary film based on his life and achievements titled ‘The John Glenn Story', was directed by Michael R. Lawrence. The film earned an Academy Award nomination.

In 2006, he and his wife met with an automobile accident and were admitted in the hospital for two days. He fractured his sternum and suffered from a ‘sore chest’.

In order to honour his achievements, the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland, Ohio, is named in his honour.

Trivia

This pilot cum astronaut cum U. S. senator is the first American to orbit the Earth. Additionally, he is the third and the oldest American to fly in space.

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John Glenn awards

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2004 - Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service
- Thomas D. White National Defense Award

John Glenn biography timelines

  • // 18th Jul 1921
    John Herschel Glenn, Jr. was born in Cambridge, Ohio, U.S. His parents were John Glenn, Sr. and Teresa; they raised him in the neighbourhood of New Concord, Ohio.
  • // 1941
    He attended the Muskingum College, where he studied engineering. In 1941, he obtained a license as a private pilot after he finished a course in physics and received a credit.
  • // Mar 1942
    In March 1942, he was commissioned as a United States Navy aviation cadet and was trained at the Naval Air Station Olathe, Kansas. There, he flew his first solo military aircraft.
  • // 1943
    From 1943, he received advanced flight training at the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. He was later enlisted into the U.S. Marine Corps and was assigned to work under Marine squadron VMJ-353, where he flew transport planes.
  • // 1943
    In 1943, he married his long-time girlfriend and childhood sweetheart, Anna Margaret Castor. They have two children.
  • // 1957
    In 1957, he set a major new speed record after he piloted a plane from Los Angeles to New York within three hours, twenty three minutes and 8.3 seconds. It was the first supersonic transcontinental flight
  • // 16th Jul 1957
    He completed the mission ‘Project Bullet’ on July 16, 1957, which involved him piloting the first supersonic transcontinental flight, from Los Angeles to New York, in a Vought F8U-1P Crusader, in a record, 3 hours, 23 minutes and 8.3 seconds. The journey not only recorded the first average supersonic speed but also the first continuous transcontinental panoramic photograph of the United States
  • // 1958 To 1959
    In 1958, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was formed. The following year, he applied for the recruiting program for astronauts launched by NASA and was selected for the same. Thus, he became one of the seven astronauts to be selected.
  • // 1961
    In 1961, the Muskingum University presented him with an honorary LL.D.
  • // 1962
    In 1962, on board the 'Friendship 7' spacecraft, he successfully encircled the earth three times in flight duration of 4 hours, 55 minutes, and 23 seconds. Even after worries about the heat shield not being attached firmly, he managed a safe landing.
  • // 1962
    In 1962, he was awarded the NASA service medal by then-President John F Kennedy.
  • // 1962
    In 1962, a documentary film based on his life and achievements titled ‘The John Glenn Story', was directed by Michael R. Lawrence. The film earned an Academy Award nomination.
  • // 20th Feb 1962
    Twice in his lifetime, he ventured out in the space, first as one of the seven astronauts and the first American who orbited the Earth three times aboard ‘Friendship 7’ space shuttle on February 20, 1962 and later being one of the crew members for ‘Discovery’ which entailed on a nine-day mission. For the latter, he became the oldest man to fly in space.
  • // Jul 1962
    In July, 1962, he was part of the committee which testified against the House Space Committee, forbidding women to be a part of the NASA astronaut program.
  • // 1963
    In 1963, he resigned from his position in NASA and decided to run for the office of the Senator in his native state, Ohio. In the next two years, he retired as a Marine Corps Colonel and joined Royal Crown Cola as a business executive.
  • // 24th Dec 1974
    On December 24, 1974, he took office as a United States Senator from Ohio, finally winning after a few failed attempts. During his term, he campaigned for more research in space and science related activities.
  • // 1976
    In 1976, he also made his bid for the Democratic vice presidential nomination. He however, did not impress many delegates at the Democratic National Convention, where he gave his keynote address.
  • // 1978
    In 1978, he became the chief author of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Act. This was one of the major bills to be passed against nuclear weapons during his tenure in the Senate.
  • // 1980
    In 1980, he won the re-election into the U.S Senate, in what turned out to be a landslide victory. He defeated the Republican candidate, Jim Betts by a margin of over 40 percent of votes.
  • // Apr 1983 To 1984
    In April 1983, he stood in the race for the presidential candidacy and ran as a centrist, but later on in March the following year, he quit the race because of the poor showings in the early primary elections.
  • // 1986 To 1995
    In 1986, he was re-elected into the Senate. He was also appointed as the Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee, a position he held until 1995. During his term at the office, he made efforts to ensure safety precautions are taken at nuclear weapon facilities.
  • // 1990
    In 1990, he was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame.
  • // 1991
    In 1991, he travelled to Kuwait, where he led the congressional delegation, after the Persian Gulf War. This resulted in the documentation of a legislation that allowed benefits to war veterans.
  • // 29th Oct 1998
    On October 29, 1998, while he was still holding the office of the Senate, he boarded the ‘Discovery’ space shuttle and ventured for a nine-day mission, thus becoming the oldest man to fly in space. He was 77 years old.
  • // 1999
    The following year he retired from the office of the Senate consequently ending his 24-years of service in the office.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, he was awarded the U.S. Senator John Heinz Award for ‘Greatest Public Service by an Elected or Appointed Official’.
  • // 2004
    In 2004, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars bestowed upon him the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service.
  • // 2006
    In 2006, he and his wife met with an automobile accident and were admitted in the hospital for two days. He fractured his sternum and suffered from a ‘sore chest’.
  • // 2012
    In 2012, President Barack Obama awarded him with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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John Glenn's FAQ

  • What is John Glenn birthday?

    John Glenn was born at 1921-07-18

  • Where is John Glenn's birth place?

    John Glenn was born in Cambridge

  • What is John Glenn nationalities?

    John Glenn's nationalities is American

  • What is John Glenn ideologies?

    John Glenn's ideologies is Democrats

  • What is John Glenn nick names?

    John Glenn's nickNames is Magnet Ass

  • Who is John Glenn spouses?

    John Glenn's spouses is Anna Margaret Castor

  • Who is John Glenn childrens?

    John Glenn's childrens is Carolyn Ann Glenn, John David Glenn

  • What was John Glenn universities?

    John Glenn studied at Muskingum University

  • What is John Glenn's political ideology?

    John Glenn's political ideology is Democratic

  • What is John Glenn's religion?

    John Glenn's religion is Presbyterian

  • How tall is John Glenn?

    John Glenn's height is 179

  • Who is John Glenn's father?

    John Glenn's father is John Herschel Glenn

  • Who is John Glenn's mother?

    John Glenn's mother is Clara Sproat

  • What is John Glenn's sun sign?

    John Glenn is Cancer

  • How famous is John Glenn?

    John Glenn is famouse as Tthe First American to Orbit the Earth