Did Abraham Lincoln Endure Failure Before Presidency?

Posted on AllSides August 5th, 2022
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Claim

Abraham Lincoln endured a steady stream of failure and defeat before becoming President of the United States.

Origin

The unsourced “Abraham Lincoln Didn’t Quit” list reproduced below is a ubiquitous piece of American historical glurge that has been printed in countless magazines  and newspaper columns over the decades, including an appearance in a 1967 Reader’s Digest collection of humor and anecdotes:

Abraham Lincoln Didn’t Quit

Probably the greatest example of persistence is Abraham Lincoln. If you want to learn about somebody who didn’t quit, look no further.

Born into poverty, Lincoln was faced with...

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