John Glenn, former Senator, military pilot, and the first American to orbit the earth, died Thursday at the age of 95.
As an astronaut, Glenn circled the earth three times in 1962. He was among the Mercury Seven group selected to become America’s first astronauts.
After resigning from NASA, Glenn, a member of the Democratic Party, was elected to the U.S. Senate in Ohio. He served from December 1974 to January 1999.
Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown was 16 when he first met Glenn at a dinner for Boy Scouts. When Brown was sworn in as a Senator, Glenn escorted him onto the Senate floor.
“It has been one of the great blessings of my life to get to know John Glenn, and for Connie and me to count on him and Annie as mentors and friends,” said Brown. “We loved him, we will miss him and we will continue to draw strength and wisdom from the lessons he shared with us over the years.
“What made John Glenn a great Senator was the same quality that made him a great astronaut and an iconic American hero: he saw enormous untapped potential in the nation he loved and he had faith that America could overcome any challenge.
“John’s kindness, his intelligence, his courage and his commitment to service set an example that our country needs today more than ever. John’s legacy will live on in the pages of the history books and the hearts of everyone who knew and loved him.”