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As pilot of the Friendship 7, Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth on February 20, 1962. John Herschel Glenn, Jr. While Glenn was still an infant, the family moved to nearby New Concord, Ohio, where his father owned his own plumbing business and car dealership.

  1. He also tried unsuccessfully to obtain the Democratic Party's nomination for President in the 1984 election.
  2. Senator John Herschel Glenn Jr.
  3. Numerous works have been written about Glenn's life and accomplishments.

After attending the local public schools, Glenn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Muskingum College, also located in New Concord. After finishing his training, he piloted planes in the Pacific theater of the war. In the final year of the war, Glenn also became a test pilot. By the end of the war, he had reached the rank of captain. Glenn continued to serve in the military in the years following the war, once again flying combat missions during the Korean War.

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In 1958, Glenn became one of seven original astronauts chosen by the National Air and Space Administration for the first American space missions. Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth on February 20, 1962. The mission was known as Friendship 7. In just under five hours, Glenn orbited the Earth three times.

The Friendship 7 mission made Glenn a household name, not only in the United States but also in many other parts of the world. He received a ticker tape parade in New York City, as well as many other honors. He ran unsuccessfully for a U. Senate seat in the Democratic primary against Howard Metzenbaum in 1970.

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In 1974, Glenn was more successful. He won the election and ultimately served in the Senate until retiring in 1999. He also tried unsuccessfully to obtain the Democratic Party's nomination for President in the 1984 election. On October 29, 1998, at the age of 77 years, Glenn became the oldest person to travel in space. Glenn focused on researching the effects of the space environment on aging.