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Abraham Lincoln Didn't Quit

Abraham Lincoln Didn't Quit - ABRAHAM LINCOLN DIDN'T QUIT

Probably the greatest example of persistence is Abraham Lincoln. If you want to learn about some­body who didn't quit, look no further. Born into poverty, Lincoln was faced with defeat throughout his life. He lost eight elections, twice failed in business and suffered a nervous breakdown. He could have quit many times — but he didn't and because he didn't quit, he became one of the greatest presidents in the history of our country. Lincoln was a champion and he never gave up.

Here is a sketch of Lincoln's road to the White House:


1816: His family was forced out of their home. He had to work to support them.

1818: His mother died.

1831: Failed in business.

1832: Ran for state legislature — lost.

1832: Also lost his job — wanted to go to law school but couldn't get in.

1833: Borrowed some money from a friend to be­gin a business and by the end of the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next 17 years of his life paying off this debt.

1834: Ran for state legislature again — won.

1835: Was engaged to be married, sweetheart died and his heart was broken.

1836: Had a total nervous breakdown and was in bed for six months.

1838: Sought to become speaker of the state legis­lature — defeated.

1840: Sought to become elector — defeated.

1843: Ran for Congress — lost.

1846: Ran for Congress again — this time he won -went to Washington and did a good job.

1848: Ran for re-election to Congress — lost.

1849: Sought the job of land officer in his home state — rejected.

1854: Ran for Senate of the United States — lost.

1856: Sought the Vice-Presidential nomination at his party's national convention - got less

than 100 votes.

1858: Ran for U.S. Senate again - again he lost.

1860: Elected president of the United States.