John Glenn was educated at Wofford College, receiving an A.B., and at Oxford University, receiving an A.B. in Jurisprudence. He served on the American-Belgian Relief Commission during World War I and as a Captain in the United States Army.
He practiced law in Chester following the war. He served as a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives for two years, Solicitor of the Sixth Judicial Circuit from 1923 until 1929 when he was appointed as a United States District Judge with concurrent jurisdiction over the Southern and Eastern Districts of South Carolina. He served in that position until his death.
Judge Glenn was a national and international figure. While a Federal Judge, he presided over many celebrated cases that brought him lasting fame.
“Scholar, humanitarian, soldier, legislator, counselor, prosecuting attorney, judge” in all of these ways a truly great person.