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John Glenn
John Glenn
40th. President of the United States
In office:
July 5, 1981 – January 20, 1989
Vice President: Lloynd Bentsen
Preceded by: Ted Kennedy
Succeded by: Lloyd Bentsen
41st. Vice President of the United States
In office:
January 20, 1981 – July 5, 1981
President: Ted Kennedy
Preceded by: Jim Rhodes
Succeded by: Lloyd Bentsen
United States Senator from Ohio
In office
January 3, 1965 – January 4, 1981
Preceded by: Stephen Young
Succeeded by: John Ashbrook
Biography
Born: July 18, 1921
Cambridge, Ohio
Birth name: John Herschel Glenn, Jr.
Political party: Democrat
Spouse: Anna Margaret "Annie" Castor (1943-present)
Children: 2
Occupation: Pilot
Astronaut
Politician
Religion: Presbyterian
Military service
Allegiance: United States of America
Service/branch: U.S. Army Air Corps
U.S. Navy
U.S. Marine Corps
Years of service: 1941-1965
Rank: Colonel

John Herschel Glenn, Jr. (born July 18, 1921) is a former United States Marine Corps pilot, astronaut, senator, and President of the United States who was the first American and third person to orbit the Earth. Glenn was a Marine Corps fighter pilot before joining NASA's Mercury program as a member of NASA's original astronaut group. He orbited the Earth in Friendship 7 in 1962. After retiring from NASA, he entered politics as a Democrat and represented Ohio in the United States Senate from 1965 to 1981. In 1980, Glenn was elected vice president on the ticket of Senator Ted Kennedy. In July, 1981 Kennedy was assassinated and Glenn became president.

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