He failed in business in 1831.

He was defeated for state legislator in 1832.

He tried another business in 1833. It failed.

His fiancée died in 1835.

He had a nervous breakdown in 1836.

In 1843 he ran for congress and was defeated.

He tried again in 1848 and was defeated again.

He tried running for the Senate in 1855. He lost.

The next year he ran for Vice President and lost.

In 1859 he ran for the Senate again and was defeated.


In 1860, the man who signed his name A. Lincoln, was elected the 16th President of the United States. The difference between history’s boldest accomplishments, and its most staggering failures is often, simply, the diligent will to persevere.