Excerpt from the Register-Mail’s “Tracking History”:
If you want to find an example of someone who refused to quit, look no further than our nationâ€™s 16th president, Abraham Lincoln.
Abe was born into poverty, had virtually no formal education, failed as a businessman and lost eight elections. Because he refused to quit he became one of the greatest presidents in history of the United States.
Indeed Lincolnâ€™s path to the presidency was worn and slippery. In 1854 after a failed attempt to be elected to the United States Senate, Abe commented, â€œMy foot slipped from under me, knocking the other foot out of the way, but I recovered and said to myself that it was only a slip and not a fall.â€
In 1858 Lincoln challenged incumbent Illinois Senator Stephen Douglas. Although Douglas would be re-elected, a series of debates throughout Illinois propelled Lincoln to a run for the presidency two years later. Historians have proclaimed that the famous Lincoln-Douglas in 1858, especially one held in Galesburg at Knox College, was instrumental in turning Lincolnâ€™s future in a positive direction.