Happy Birthday, Abe!

February 12, 2009

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Happy birthday, Abe! Yes, today is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. And what an inspiration President Lincoln is. He is one of my favorite historical figures and also one of my favorite presidents.

Abraham Lincoln’s life should be an inspiration to anyone. Did you know that he lost his job in 1832 and was also defeated for state legislature in the same year. In 1833 he failed in business. In 1835 his sweetheart died. He had a nervous breakdown in 1836. In 1838 he was defeated for Speaker. He was defeated for nomination for Congress in 1843. He lost renomination in 1848. In 1849 he was rejected for land officer. In 1854 he was defeated for U.S. Senate. Abe was defeated for nomination for Vice President in 1856. He was again defeated for U.S. Senate in 1858.

Wow! That’s a whole lot of failures. I don’t know if I would have run for public office again after losing that many times! But guess what? He did. And Abraham Lincoln became the 16th President of the United States in 1860. Not only that, he changed history as President and is regarded as one of the greatest Presidents of all time.

“Common looking people are the best in the world: that is the reason the Lord makes so many of them.” Abraham Lincoln

“The probability that we may fall in the struggle ought not to deter us from the support of a cause we believe to be just; it shall not deter me.” Abraham Lincoln

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