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Abraham Lincoln Didn't Quit

Probably the greatest example of persist-
ence is Abraham Lincoln. If you want to learn
about somebody who didn't quit, look no fur-
ther. Born into poverty, Lincoln was faced
with defeat throughout his life. He lost eight
elections, twice failed in business and suf-
fered 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
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 o
the year he was bankrupt. He spent the next
17 years of his life paying off this debt.
1834: Ran for state legislature again -
1835: Was engaged to be married, sweet-
heart 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 - defeat-
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 -
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.

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