Abraham Lincoln never quits.

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 United States history.

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 - get 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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