Don’t Quit! – Abraham Lincoln’s Story
Born into poverty, Lincoln was faced with defeat throughout his life.
He lost eight elections, twice failed in business and suffered a
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
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
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
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 and became one of the
greatest US presidents ever.
Abraham Lincoln once famously said: When you reach the end of your rope,
tie a knot and hang on.
Don’t give up today. You are going somewhere. The only way you can
stop is if you give up!
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