Abraham Lincoln’s Failure List

I love learning about Abraham Lincoln.

Most people don’t realize that Abe had a lot of setbacks in his life. From my readings about him, I think that he was very hard on himself. And although he is (now) one of history’s most celebrated individuals, I wonder if (then) he truly realized his tremendous accomplishments over the course of his lifetime. Thus, I find the following ‘synopsis’ of his life pretty entertaining.

Abraham Lincoln’s “Failure” List
• Lost job in 1832
• Defeated for state legislature in 1832
• Failed in business in 1833

Elected to state legislature in 1834……..
• Sweetheart died in 1835
• Had nervous breakdown in 1836
• Defeated for Speaker in 1838
• Defeated for nomination for Congress in 1843

Elected to Congress in 1846…….
• Lost renomination in 1848
• Rejected for land officer in 1849
• Defeated for U.S. Senate in 1854
• Defeated for nomination for Vice President in 1856
• Again defeated for U.S. Senate in 1858

Elected President in 1860……and the rest is history.

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