No matter where you stand on the political spectrum, there were few folks in politics as endearing, honest, and hard-working as John McCain. Known as “The Maverick” for his willingness to break from the Republican mold when it came to endorsing certain issues, we remember McCain for his bravery through his times as a prisoner of war and his impressive feats he overcame as a senator. Though he eventually succumbed to brain cancer at 81, he’ll never be forgotten.
From the ’30s to 2018, we have photos of McCain that show him for exactly who he was. Here are the most iconic ones.
1. John McCain was born in 1936
- John McCain was born John Sidney McCain III after his father and grandfather.
Before you knew him as a senator, McCain was just a boy born in the Panama Canal Zone. History reports he was born on August 9, 1936, at Coco Solo Naval Air Station. The photo features McCain’s father and grandfather as well, who both became four-star admirals. His father, John Sidney McCain Jr., went on to “command all the U.S. naval forces in the Pacific,” which certainly served as inspiration for what he would become later in life as well.
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