Senator John McCain is a late American politician who first served two terms as Congressman representing Arizona’s 1st district in the United States House of Representatives before becoming the United States Senator from Arizona in 1987, an office he held until his death.
During his time as a senator, McCain twice ran for the office of the President of the United States through the Republican Party. His first bid was in 2000 where he lost a hotly contested primary to the eventual poll winner, George W. Bush, and then in 2008 where he was defeated in the general election by Democratic nominee Barack Obama.
Prior to his political career, McCain, who was born John Sidney McCain III on the 29th of August, 1936, followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather to attend the United States Naval Academy which he graduated from in 1958. He subsequently became a naval aviator, reaching the rank of captain before retiring from the Navy in 1981 to enter politics.
Family – Wife, Children, Daughter, Son, Mother
Senator John McCain was married to Cindy Lou Hensley McCain, the daughter of Jim Hensley, who founded Hensley & Co., one of the largest Anheuser-Busch beer distributors in the United States, where she currently serves as chairman. Before Cindy, however, the Naval officer was married to Carol Shepp McCain from 1965 to 1980.
McCain met his first wife sometime between 1954 and 1958 while he was attending the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. The two, however, did not begin seeing each other until 1964 after Carol had married and divorced one of McCain’s former midshipman classmates, Alasdair E. Swanson.
Following a year-long relationship, McCain married the now divorced single mother of two children on the 3rd of July, 1965, in Philadelphia. He adopted his wife’s two children; Douglas and Andrew and went on to have one of his own, a daughter named Sidney. In 1967, McCain was captured in Vietnam after his plane was shot down and he went on to spend over five years away from his family in Vietnam captivity. After his release in 1973, McCain gained celebrity status which led to numerous extramarital affairs. The couple further lived apart after he took a job in Washington which led to even more affairs although they later reunited and lived together.
By 1979, John McCain began a relationship with Cindy Lou Hensley whom he met at a military reception in Hawaii. The two almost soon after meeting each other, began dating as McCain pushed for a divorce from Carol. In January 1980, McCain and his first wife stopped living together and a month later, she signed divorce papers, giving room for him to exchange vows with Hensley on the 17th of May, 1980.
Senator John McCain and his new wife went on to have four more children of their own; first, a daughter named Meghan who currently works as a co-host of American talk show The View, then sons John Sidney IV and James, before they chose to adopt another daughter named Bridget.
McCain is further survived by his mother, Roberta McCain, who was born on the 7th of February, 1912. She most recently attended an event in Capitol Hill where the colleagues of her son memorialized him as a living requiem before he died.
Senator John McCain’s Death
Senator John McCain passed away on the 25th of August, 2018, just four days before his 82nd birthday. The former prisoner of war, who has battled and survived many other forms of cancer in the past, including melanoma, was diagnosed with glioblastoma, a very aggressive cancer that begins within the brain, in July 2017 after undergoing a minimally invasive craniotomy to remove a blood clot above his left eye.
Laboratory tests after that particular surgery were what confirmed the presence of the tumor which all but sealed the Arizona senator’s fate. A day before his death, McCain’s family had announced that he would no longer be receiving treatment for glioblastoma which typically has a length of survival of 12 to 15 months from the time of diagnosis. Without treatment, however, patients typically live for just 3 months.
True to who he is, McCain at that time of finding out he had the fatal disease, did not give up on life. After informing the public of his diagnosis, he announced that he was confident future treatment will be effective but that during that time, he will be continuing his work as a US Senator. McCain continued to carry out his duties, notably casting a decisive vote against his party just a few days after his diagnosis.
By the end of the year, he opted to return to and stay in Arizona in order to receive treatment. In addition to chemotherapy and radiation therapy, McCain underwent different surgeries, including one for an infection relating to diverticulitis before later choosing to discontinue treatment and spend his remaining days with his family by his side.