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Sen. John and Annie Glenn knew firsthand the satisfaction that comes from deep commitments — to family, the nation and their passions. 

John Glenn’s life not only bridged a span of breathtaking technological and scientific advancement, but he was at the center of many of them. He was the first American to orbit Earth, and decades later, at age 77, he became the oldest astronaut to travel in space. His commitment to public service led him to join the U.S. Marines as a combat pilot, serve as a United States Senator and, in retirement, establish the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. He died Dec. 8, 2016, at the age of 95. 

Annie Glenn was the wife and lifelong companion of Sen. Glenn. The two were married for 73 years and had two children. In midlife, she conquered her speech impediment and found her voice as an advocate for others who struggled as she did. She died on May 19, 2020, in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was 100. 

Browse the stories below to learn more about John and Annie Glenn. 

John Glenn: The Educator

Sen. John Glenn tirelessly supported education and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. “If my experience can help inspire young people to dedicate themselves to committed citizenship, I’m glad to help,” he said. “Public service is an honorable profession, almost akin to being in the ministry.” 


Annie Glenn: Portrait of Resilience

Annie Glenn's strength of character shined through her dedication to her family and community service.

John and Annie Glenn: Family Commitment

Sen. John and Annie Glenn were an inseparable couple.

A Video Collection: Celebrating Sen. John and Annie Glenn

Enjoy this compilation of select videos highlighting the lives of Sen. John and Annie Glenn.