Friday, July 8, 2011

Why Be A Quitter, Abraham Lincoln's Life


I'm not sure which Moran family member to attribute this too but I can say that it was written on the top portion of the backside of a piece of stationery from The Bobbs-Merrill Company- Inc.  The letter was dated September, 1951 and says: "Presenting Reid's Branson Instructions to Juries". 

A transcription follows the image.


Why be a Quitter?
Abraham Lincoln's 
life (1809-1865) is a
notable example of
final victory surmounting 
defeat.

Observe this chart:
 Age        Year       Occurrence
22 -         1831       Failed in business
23 -         1832       Defeated for Legislature
24 -         1833       Failed in business
25 -         1834       Elected to Legislature
26 -         1835       Death of Sweetheart
27 -         1836       Nervous breakdown
29 -         1838       Defeated for Speaker
31 -         1840         "      " Elector
34 -         1843         "      " Land Officer
34 -         1843         "      " Congress
37 -         1846       Elected to "
39 -         1848       Defeated for "
46 -         1855         "      " Senator
47 -         1856         "      " Vice President
49 -         1858         "      " Senator
51 -         1860       Elected President

Summary
In the course of 29 years 
Lincoln experienced:
Two business failures; a grievous
heartache; a physical breakdown;
nine political defeats; and only
then political success: the last
Yet, at the age of 51, was elected
President of U.S.A.
Verbum Sat Sapienti (translated: A word is sufficient for a wise man)

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