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Illustration of Perseverance

Bits and Pieces, July, 1989

The value of courage, persistence, and perseverance has rarely been illustrated more convincingly than in the life story of this man (his age appears in the column on the right):

Failed in business

22

Ran for Legislature&md;defeated

23

Again failed in business

24

Elected to Legislature

25

Sweetheart died

26

Had a nervous breakdown

27

Defeated for Speaker

29

Defeated for Elector

31

Defeated for Congress

34

Elected to Congress

37

Defeated for Congress

39

Defeated for Senate

46

Defeated for Vice President

47

Defeated for Senate

49

Elected President of the United States

51

That's the record of Abraham Lincoln.