All Around American Hero John Glenn has Died at the Age of 95

by Jen Hayden –

The U.S. has lost one of our greatest pioneers and heroes. The Columbus Dispatch is reporting former Ohio Senator John Glenn has passed away:

An authentic hero and genuine American icon, Glenn died this afternoon surrounded by family at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus after a remarkably healthy life spent almost from the cradle with Annie, his beloved wife of 73 years, who survives.

He was 95 years old and his life was legendary:

Glenn lived a Ripley’s Believe It or Not! life. As a Marine Corps pilot, he broke the transcontinental flight speed record before being the first American to orbit the Earth in 1962 and, 36 years later at age 77 in 1998, becoming the oldest man in space as a member of the seven-astronaut crew of the shuttle Discovery.

He made that flight in his 24th and final year in the U.S. Senate, from whence he launched a short-lived bid for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984. Along the way, Glenn became moderately wealthy from an early investment in Holiday Inns near Disney World and a stint as president of Royal Crown International.

You can read more about his exceptional life and endless bravery in a lengthy tribute at the Columbus Dispatch.

Godspeed, John Glenn.

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We are saddened by the loss of Sen. John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth. A true American hero. Godspeed, John Glenn. Ad astra.

Watch the video of the original broadcast of Glenn’s flight: