Astronaut, Businessman, & Politician
Born: July 18th, 1921 in Cambridge, Ohio
Death: December 8, 2016
Served in the Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean Conflict, flying a total of 149 missions.
The first American to orbit the Earth in Friendship 7 in 1962.
Completed the first nonstop supersonic transcontinental flight in a record three hours 23 minutes.
Selected as one of America’s first seven astronauts in 1959.
Elected Senator from Ohio in 1974 and served through 1998.
Returned to space at the age of 77 on Discovery 7, October 29th, 1998, as the oldest astronaut.
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