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Abraham Lincoln was born near Hodgenville, Kentucky, on February 12, 1809.

He was the middle child but shortly he became the youngest, for his brother, just one year younger died. He was born in a log cabin and grew up on the American frontier, educated himself by reading borrowed books, and worked splitting fence rails and clerking in a general store, and then as a country lawyer, long before he became president.

Abraham Lincoln's wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, was from Lexington, Kentucky. She was one of the best-educated women of her era, and her support, encouragement and vast political knowledge helped Lincoln become the sixteenth president of the United States of America. They had two children: William and Tad, who loved to play games in the White House. William died while Lincoln was president.

Lincolns failures and losses in Business..

1831: His first business failed.

1832: He lost his job after losing the election for state legislator.
1832: He was denied admission to law school. 1833: He borrowed money to start a business and went bankrupt in a year.

by slimmest margin.

1834: He was elected to the state legislature

1836: He suffered a nervous breakdown and

spent six months in bed recovering.

and was defeated.

1838: He ran for speaker of the state legislature 1840: He ran for elector and was defeated.


He ran for Congress and lost; he won in 1845. He lost his re-election race for Congress.


1849: He was rejected as land officer in his hometown.

1854: He ran for the U.S. Senate and lost.

1856: He sought the vice-presidential nomination and lost.

Abraham Lincoln was a successful country lawyer in Illinois and also served the state as a captain in its militia, a legislator in its state government and represented the state in the United States House of Representative. However, the most obvious achievement of Abraham Lincoln was being elected President of the United States of America in 1860. This established him as the first Republican president in American history.

Your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other.

Hold on with a bulldog grip, and chew and choke as much as possible. My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.

I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.

I don't like that man. I must get to know him better. If you look for the bad in people expecting to find it, you surely will. No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing. I don't know who my grandfather was I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power. No man has a good enough memory to be a successful liar.

I walk slowly, but I never walk backward. The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. Give me eight hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first six sharpening the axe.

Ability to Learn on the Job

Lincoln was able to acknowledge errors, learn from them, and then move. In this way, he established a culture of learning in his administration, said Kearns Goodwin.

Ready Willingness to Share Credit for Success

In response to concerns expressed by friends about the actions of some of his Cabinet members, Lincoln stated that the "path to success and ambition is broad enough for two" said Kearns Goodwin. When there was success, Lincoln shared the credit with all of those involved.

Ready Willingness to Share Blame for Failure

When mistakes were made by members of his Cabinet, Lincoln stood up for them, said Kearns Goodwin. When contracts related to the war effort raised serious questions about a member of his administration, Lincoln spoke up and indicated that he and his entire Cabinet were to blame.

Go Out into the Field and Manage Directly

During the Civil War, many soldiers died and there were many ups and downs. Lincoln established lasting connections with the troops by visiting the battlefield and hospitals, which also helped bolster morale. Lincoln also spent time talking with members of the public, taking 'public opinion baths' according to Kearns Goodwin. He held public receptions and made a point of shaking everyone's hand and speaking to each individual.

Know How to Relax and Replenish

Lincoln understood the importance of relaxation and humor to shake of the stress of the day and to replenish himself for the challenges of the next day. According to Kearns Goodwin, Lincoln had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to tell funny stories. He encouraged a healthy atmosphere of laughter and fun in his administration. He also enjoyed going to the theater and spending time with friends