The Latest: Ex-US House speaker Boehner adds Glenn tribute

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the death of John Glenn (all times local):

9:15 a.m.

Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nur) of Ohio has added to the tributes for the late space hero and former Sen. John Glenn.

Boehner says Americans for generations cheered Glenn as he soared into the heavens, and “now he has taken his place there for eternity, a well-earned reward for an American life well and heroically lived.”

Boehner says in a statement released Thursday evening by a spokesman that he offers his and his wife Debbie’s condolences to Glenn’s widow, Annie, and his family and joins fellow Ohioans in mourning.

President Barack Obama and President-elected Donald Trump are among other leaders who have offered tributes to Glenn, who died Thursday in a Columbus hospital at age 95.


8:30 a.m.

The residents of John Glenn’s hometown in eastern Ohio say he never forgot where he came from and always made time talk with anyone who wanted to visit.

Flags around New Concord have been lowered and the university where he was a trustee held a moment of silence before a basketball game Thursday after the former astronaut and U.S. senator died earlier in the day.

Glenn became a national hero in 1962 when he became the first American to orbit the Earth.

George St. Clair is on the board of the John and Annie Glenn Museum housed in Glenn’s boyhood home.

He tells The Columbus Dispatch that anyone who’s lived in New Concord for a while knows the Glenns.

He says the town has lost a hero and a friend.


12:30 a.m.

Former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn has died in Ohio. He was 95.

Glenn became a national hero in 1962 when he became the first American to orbit the Earth.

Hank Wilson with the John Glenn School of Public Affairs says Glenn died Thursday afternoon at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus.

Glenn was the third U.S. astronaut in space and the first of them to get into orbit. He circled the Earth three times. The Soviet Union had put a man into orbit a year earlier in 1961.

Glenn then spent 24 years as a Democrat from Ohio in the Senate and briefly made a run for president in 1984. He returned to space in 1998, at age 77, aboard space shuttle Discovery.

He was the last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts.