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A Thought for the Week

by John M Grimes

It has been said that Lincoln was a failure in almost everything he tried except the things that counted most . . . He failed in business, 1831-32; elected to state lesislature, 1834; defeated for speaker, 1838; defeated for elector, 1840; defeated for land officer, 1843; defeated for Congress, 1843; elected to Congress, 1846; defeated for re-election, 1848; defeated for Vice President, 1856; defeated for Senate, 1858; elected President of the United States, 1860.
He once had this to say, during one of his early, unsuccessful campaigns for public office: "Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem. How far I shall succeed in gratifying that ambition is yet to be developed. I am young and unknown to many of you. I have no wealthy or popular relatives to recommend me. My case is thrown exclusively upon the independent voters of this country, and if elected, they will have conferred a favor on me, for which I shall be unremitting in my labors to compensate. But if the good people in their wisdom shall see fit to keep me in the background, I have been too familiar with disappointments to be very much chagrined."
This is the man whose birthday we commemorate this week.