Hang in There! The Persistence of Abraham Lincoln

See how Lincoln personifies the definition of "persistence" with a brief look at key facts from his life.

  • Grades: 3–5, 6–8

A person who is persistent, says the dictionary, is one who continues to follow the same course of action, no matter what. A persistent person keeps trying and trying.

Abraham Lincoln was one such person. Here's the evidence:

  • Lincoln was defeated when he ran for the Illinois House of Representatives in 1832. But he was victorious in the House race in 1834, and was then reelected for three consecutive terms.
  • He was defeated when he ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1843, then ran successfully for a House seat in 1846.
  • He was defeated for the Senate in 1855.
  • He was defeated for Vice President in 1856.
  • He was defeated for the Senate again in 1858.
  • Finally, in 1860, Lincoln was elected President.


Adapted from Facts and Fun About the Presidents, by George Sullivan. (Copyright1 987. Published by Scholastic.)


  • Part of Collection:
  • Subjects:
    Determination and Perseverance, The Presidency, Historic Figures
  • Skills:
    Biographies, Social Studies