John Sidney McCain III (August 29, 1936 – August 25, 2018) was an American politician. He previously served two terms in the United States House of Representatives and was the Republican nominee for president of the United States in the 2008 election, which he lost to Barack Obama. In 1982, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives, where he served two terms. He was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1986, succeeding the 1964 Republican presidential nominee and conservative icon Barry Goldwater upon his retirement.
John McCain Family And Personal Life
John Sidney McCain III was born on August 29, 1936, at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone. He had an older sister, Sandy, and a younger brother, Joe. the family tree includes Scotch-Irish and English ancestors. His great-great-great-grandparents owned High Rock Farm. His father and his paternal grandfather, John S. McCain Sr., were also Naval Academy graduates and both became four-star admirals in the United States Navy. As a result, the younger McCain attended a total of about 20 schools. In 1951, the family settled in Northern Virginia, and McCain attended Episcopal High School, a private preparatory boarding school in Alexandria. He excelled at wrestling and graduated in 1954. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, McCain entered the United States Naval Academy, where he was a friend and informal leader for many of his classmates and sometimes stood up for targets of bullying. He also fought as a lightweight boxer. Nicknamed “John Wayne “. He did well in academic subjects that interested him, such as literature and history, but studied only enough to pass subjects that gave him difficulty, such as mathematics. In 1965 when he was 28, he married Carol Shepp who had worked as a runway model and secretary. He adopted her two young children, Douglas and Andrew. He and Carol then had a daughter whom they named Sidney.
On July 29, 1967, McCain was a lieutenant commander when he was near the center of the USS Forrestal fire. He escaped from his burning jet and was trying to help another pilot escape when a bomb exploded; he was struck in the legs and chest by fragments. The ensuing fire killed 134 sailors and took 24 hours to control. This case affected his health, both mental and physical.
McCain was reunited with his family when he returned to the United States. His wife Carol had been severely injured by an automobile accident in December 1969. She was then four inches shorter
McCain underwent treatment for his injuries that included months of physical therapy. He was rehabilitated by late 1974, and his flight status was reinstated. In 1976, he became Commanding Officer of a training squadron that was stationed in Florida. During this period in Florida, he had extramarital affairs, and his marriage began to falter, about which he later stated: “The blame was entirely mine”.
In April 1979, he met Cindy Lou Hensley, a teacher from Phoenix, Arizona. They began dating, and he urged his wife, Carol, to grant him a divorce, which she did in February 1980; the uncontested divorce took effect in April 1980. McCain and Hensley were married on May 17, 1980.
John McCain Children
In 1984, he and Cindy had their first child, daughter Meghan, followed two years later by son John IV and in 1988 by son James. In 1991, Cindy brought an abandoned three-month-old girl needing medical treatment to the U.S. from a Bangladeshi orphanage.
John McCain Death
On August 24, 2018, five days before his 82nd birthday, McCain’s family announced that he would no longer receive treatment for his cancer. He died the following day at 4:28 p.m., with his wife and family beside him, at his home in Cornville, Arizona.
Many American political figures paid tribute at the funeral. Those who attended included former United States Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton, Carter; First Ladies Michelle, Laura, Hillary, Rosalyn; and former Vice Presidents Biden, Cheney, Gore, and Quayle.