John Glenn, A National Hero, Dies At 95

Many people may not immediately know who this is, but I assure you the man is a significant figure in American history. A legend has passed today, and if you don’t know very much about the man, what he has done, and what he has meant to the United States of America, you owe it to yourself to read up and learn a little something about the man. You may be glad you did.

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John Glenn, a freckle-faced son of Ohio who was hailed as a national hero and a symbol of the space age as the first American to orbit Earth, then became a national political figure for 24 years in the Senate, died on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. He was 95.

Ohio State University announced his death. Mr. Glenn had recently been hospitalized at the university at the James Cancer Center, though Ohio State officials said at the time that admission there did not necessarily mean he had cancer. He had heart-valve replacement surgery in 2014 and a stroke around that time.

He had kept an office on the campus at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, which he helped found, and had a home in Columbus as well.

In just five hours on Feb. 20, 1962, Mr. Glenn joined a select roster of Americans whose feats have seized the country’s imagination and come to embody a moment in its history, figures like Lewis and Clark, the Wright brothers and Charles Lindbergh.

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