Former astronaut and Sen. John Glenn died on Thursday, Dec. 8, at age 95 at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, the Columbus Dispatch newspaper reported.
In 2011, President Barack Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Glenn. The White House’s tribute from that year reads: Medal of Freedom recipient John Glenn is a former U.S. Marine Corps pilot, astronaut and U.S. senator. In 1962, he was the third American in space and the first American to orbit the Earth. After retiring from the Marine Corps, Glenn was elected to the U.S. Senate in Ohio in 1974. He was an architect and sponsor of the 1978 Nonproliferation Act and served as chairman of the Senate Government Affairs committee from 1987 until 1995. In 1998, Glenn became the oldest person to visit space at the age of 77. He retired from the Senate in 1999. Glenn is a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.