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Power of Perseverance

Today in the Word, September 22, 1995, p. 29.

When 16-year-old Eliza married the 20-year-old tailor, he had never been to school. Others might have written his education off as a lost cause, but Eliza didn't. She taught him to read, write, and spell. Those days were difficult, but he proved to be a fast learner. In fact, he learned so well that years later he was elected President of the United States! When he ran for a second term, he lost, but refused to give up. Instead, he won a seat in the U. S. Senate.

The story of our 17th President, Andrew Johnson, and his wife, Eliza, illustrates the power of perseverance.