Astronaut and senator who in 1962 was the first American to orbit the Earth and in 1998 became the oldest person to go to space. He was a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and Presidential Medal of Freedom, among several other distinctions.
He dropped out of college to join the military after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
He was the third American to fly into space and was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 1990.
He married Annie Glenn in 1943. He and Annie had a daughter named Carolyn and a son named John.
He enlisted in the military during the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration.