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 defeat throughout his life. He lost eight elections, twice failed in business and suffered a nervous breakdown. He could have quit many times - but he didn't and because he didn't quit, he became one of the greatest presidents in the history of our country. Lincoln was a champion and he never gave up Abraham Lincoln overcame great setbacks and obstacles on his journey. Take a look at the synopsis of his life and see whether you would have had the courage to continue on. 1809 Born February 12 1816 Abraham Lincoln's family was forced out of their home and he needed to work to support his family. 1818 His mother passed away 1828 His sister dies 1831 A business venture failed 1832 He ran for the State Legislature. He lost. 1832 In the same year, he also lost his job. He decided he wanted to go to law school but couldn't get in. 1833 He borrowed money from a friend to start a business. By the end of the year, he was bankrupt. 1834 He ran for the State Legislature again. This time he won. 1835 The year was looking better as he was engaged to be married. Unfortunately, his fiancee died and he was grief stricken. 1836 This was the year he had a total nervous breakdown and for 6 months was bedridden. 1836 He sought to become Speaker of the State Legislature. He was defeated. 1840 He sought to become Elector. He was defeated. 1842 Marries Mary Todd. They have 4 boys but only one would live to maturity. 1843 He ran for Congress. He lost. 1846 He ran for Congress again. He won and moved to Washington. 1848 He ran for re-election to Congress. He lost. 1849 He sought the job of Land Officer in his home state. He didn't get the job. 1850 His son, Edward, dies. 1854 He ran for the Senate of the United states. He lost. 1856 He sought the Vice Presidential nomination at a national convention. He got less than 100 votes. 1858 He ran for the Senate again. He lost again. 1860 Abraham Lincoln is elected President of the United States 1862 His son, Willie, dies at age 12. 1865 On April 14, Abraham Lincoln is assassinated.