“Story of a President”
While today he is remembered as one of the greatest leaders of the USA, his life wasn’t so easy. He is the greatest example of persistence. Born into poverty, he 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 history.
The following is a summary of some of the key events in his life on the 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 great 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 – he lost.
1860 Elected president of the United States.
This person is none other than Abraham Lincoln.
As Lincoln once said, “Don’t worry when you are not recognized, but always strive to be worthy of recognition.”
Persistence (noun): the fact of continuing in an opinion or course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.
Nervous breakdown (noun): is an acute, time-limited, mental disorder that manifests primarily as severe, stress-induced depression, anxiety, paranoia, or dissociation in a previously functional individual, to the extent that they are no longer able to function on a day-to-day basis until the disorder is resolved.
White House (noun): is the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States.
State legislature (noun): is a legislative branch or body of a political subdivision in a federal system.
Bankrupt (noun): a person judged by a court to be insolvent, whose property is taken and disposed of for the benefit of their creditors.
Senate (United States Senate) (noun): is the upper chamber of the United States Congress, which along with the United States House of Representatives—the lower chamber—comprises the legislature of the United States.
Nomination (noun): is part of the process of selecting a candidate for either election to a public office, or the bestowing of an honor or award.
Convention (noun): a large meeting or conference, especially of members of a political party or a particular profession or group.
Strive (verb): make great efforts to achieve or obtain something.
Recognized (verb): show official appreciation of; reward formally.
Recognition (noun): the action or process of recognizing or being recognized, in particular: