I will prepare, and someday my chance will come.”
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States of America. Driven by a consistent devotion to the law and to anti-slavery principles, he guided the United States through the Civil War and on Jan. 1, 1863, issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves in the Confederate States. The Emancipation Proclamation led to the adoption of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which abolished slavery throughout the nation.
President Lincoln came from humble beginnings. Born Feb. 12, 1809, in Kentucky, Lincoln had no formal schooling, but he loved to read. Lincoln's enduring passion was for government and law. He studied law informally and passed the bar examination in 1836.
Lincoln first ran for public office in the Illinois State Legislature in 1832, but was defeated. He persevered and ran again in 1834, this time serving four consecutive terms in the State Legislature before returning to full-time law practice. In 1846, he re-entered politics and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives but lost his re-election bid. Lincoln ran for the U.S. Senate in 1854 but lost that race and a subsequent race in 1855 for a different Senate seat. However, he gained national recognition, and in 1860, he was nominated for President of the United States.
Even this success was not to be attained easily. Before President Lincoln could take the oath of office on March 4, 1861, seven Southern states seceded from the United States. Following the Confederate attack on Fort Sumter, Lincoln raised an army and fought to save the United States as a union.
In 1864, amid the grim Civil War, President Lincoln was re-elected, and he oversaw the surrender of the Confederate States on April 9, 1865. He proposed a speedy reunion between the Northern and Southern States, but before he could see this outcome, he was shot by John Wilkes Booth on April 14 at Ford's Theatre. President Lincoln died the morning of April 15, 1865.
Today, nearly 150 years after his death, Lincoln is remembered as one of the greatest U.S. presidents. He is recognized not for his failures—of which there were many—but for his remarkable successes, which he achieved due to one overriding characteristic: Persistence.
Persistence. Pass It On!
This billboard about persistence features Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865); 16th President of the United States of America.
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Abby 3 months ago from In
Abe is a cool person
Erich 4 months ago from Indiana
abe was one of the grates man who ever lived
luis about 1 year ago from my house
Persistance is the way of life.
Elizabeth P. over 2 years ago from Diamond Bar, CA
Lincoln, just like our current president here in Zambia, he lost election three times and but never gave up but always spoke for the poor and he won at his forth try . so always keep trying
MANDA over 2 years ago from LUSAKA, ZAMBIA
The following Abraham Lincoln Quotation:
“I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races – that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything.”
(1809-1865) 16th US President
Fourth Debate with Stephen A. Douglas at Charleston, Illinois, September 18, 1858
(The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, Volume III, pp. 145-146.)
Sylvanus over 2 years ago from NY
Abraham Lincoln is an inspiration to this day. Persistence combined with principle is powerful. Thank you for passing on the message. I will do the same.
Tim Z. over 2 years ago from Wausau, WI
Abraham Lincoln is a good example of a good example;i salute him.
Bernard Brown over 2 years ago from South Carolina
I read your Lincoln and Shrek messages while driving alone on a road trip through Michigan. I couldn't stop thinking of the empowering short words all day. In this time of doom and gloom, your messages are inspiring. I will pass them on!!!
Glenn G. almost 4 years ago from Evanston, IL.
I love this billboard! Since seeing it, I have referenced it in teaching my kindergarten students about "trying again."
Megan D. over 4 years ago from Salt Lake City, UT
I believe that persistence is one of my values. Even when I fail and want to give up, I dont because I know that if I stay determined and motivated it can only get better.
India W. over 4 years ago from Vassar, MI
Thank You for this billboard in Knoxville, TN. I pass it on my way to my night classes. I work and sometimes I'm very tired when I see it...needless to say it has inspired me to keep going and never give up. Again, thank you.
Jennifer M. over 5 years ago from Seymour, TN
Lincoln's persistence in leading the nation through crisis is inspiring to think about in these tough times. Thank you for reminding us of his sacrifice and why we each need to persist!
Mark J. over 5 years ago from St. Joseph, MI
I feel what you mean.
Zach P. over 5 years ago from Canada
I recently moved to this area from Orange County and started seeing your billboards—very inspirational. I spent the first 35 years of my life as an underachiever, saying that I could accomplish anything I wanted if I wanted to badly enough. One day I realized this was a cop out. OK, put up or shut up! I went back to school finished my BA then went on for an MA & Ph.D.
Marvin almost 6 years ago from Coachella Valley, CA
I am an entrepreneur and inventor, and, I'll tell you, my road has been tough. There have been many times that I have wanted to give up, and many times when putting my head down on my desk and either sobbing or staring blankly into space (or both) has been all that I was capable of at the moment. A while ago, after I had worked for 10 years on my business and on my products, it wasn't happening for me. I was nearly broke in every way possible, including financially and emotionally.
Right about this time, this Abraham Lincoln billboard appeared on the main road outside of my subdivision. When I first saw it, I had to pull my car over for a moment to get myself pulled together. At that particular moment, that billboard changed my life. I can never tell any of you how much that seeing that billboard every day.
The Foundation for a Better Life changed my life. My business is now becoming more and more successful and I can feel good about what I have done. I almost quit, but the Lincoln billboard changed my mind. FBL did something amazing for me and asked nothing in return.
If I can, I'll pass it on...
Rachel S. almost 6 years ago from San Antonio, TX
I passed this billboard while driving home from some pretty miserable flight lessons with an instructor who berated me. The billboard's message encouraged me to never give up, and gave me extra drive to complete my training. I'm happy to say that I'm now a commercial pilot. I really enjoy and appreciate these signs.
Anon. about 6 years ago from Michigan
This is inspirational for all of us especially in Africa who think that our environment and background are a limitation. It's not a matter of where you are but a matter of who you are!
Lincoln is a life changer!
Barasa D. about 6 years ago from Kenya
Lincoln is right--I myself believe that if one knows he or she can change something for the better, that person must continue trying even though he or she has failed many times. I am a student who has run for student government many times and lost. But the fact I was elected in my class and organization, even though I lost when I ran for higher positions in the student government, I believe one day I will make a change and I know that I persisted. Failure must not stop a person, it must be the gas to try again.
Ian A. over 6 years ago from
Among all of the people I appreciate, he is one of the most because he truly lived his dreams.
Johnson K. over 6 years ago from Moshi, Tanzania
I saw this billboard on IN-38 just east of town, and I immediately went into sappy guy mode, with the lump in my throat and watering eyes and all.
I even took my little girl by it so she could see it herself. Lincoln never gave up, and he sacrificed ALL just to make life better for us all. Thank you SO much.
Scott C. over 6 years ago from New Castle, Indiana, USA
I am from Chicago and saw your billboard on the highway to Indiana. I had tears in my eyes when I saw it. Excellent work, keep it up please.
Chris S. almost 7 years ago from Chicago, Illinois, USA
I appreciate his work.
Johnson almost 7 years ago from Moshi, Tanzania
This incredible man made a better life possible for all of us. Though he suffered mightily from depression, he did not let it defeat him. In doing the right thing, he helped this nation endure. An admirable man and an excellent choice. Thank you.
Pat F. almost 7 years ago from New Jersey, USA
I first started taking note of your billboards around Los Angeles about a year ago. To me, they cut through A LOT of clutter. While achieving things I thought I never would, low self esteem and self doubt kind of dulls them. However, your billboards helps bring back some of the shine.
Eric J. almost 7 years ago from Laguna Niguel, California USA
A friend of mine gave a site and from there I went to your site-FBL. One thing led to the other and so on, now I have landed on the billboard page. Very interesting and inspiring—"more so than any other thing. Abraham Lincoln has ever been my hero and from him I have learnt that through persistence one can achieve whatever he desires.
Adeyinka A. almost 7 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria.
I am going through a rough time right now. I have seen your billboards before but in looking at your website. This helps me in my fight against my addiction.
Nick S. almost 7 years ago from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA
A man like him should be honored. I salute him!
ruokuovikho dominic almost 7 years ago from nagaland( india)
As I was wondering through my day, looking for inspiration I came across this ad. In an instant I was moved and charged to continue. It was a blessing because I had lost my inspiration, my hope and my persistence. Seeing Abraham lincon reminded me of the wonders we all have inside of ourselves if we just believe. Thanks for the inspiration and the energy to continue
Johanna P about 7 years ago from Baltimore, MD
WOW, Abraham Lincoln dead on April 15,1965. And he was a clever right leader.
Megan L. about 7 years ago from
This one is awesome! My son is a quadriplegic from a diving accident and he loves Abe Lincoln and his perseverance! Thank you!
Sherri S about 7 years ago from Indiana
Absolutely my favorite billboard of all time. The Lincoln life story is so powerful that is should be required reading for every child.
Ned R about 7 years ago from Austin, Texas
Important is not how many times you fail... important is how many times you stand up. I like him lots.
Taizo K over 7 years ago from Japan
After a very long flight from Johannesburg to Atlanta, your billboard featuring Abraham Lincoln caught my sleepy tired eyes and woke me up with a great sense of encouragement and hope and persistence. That sent me to visit your website and I have done that several times after and even today too. Well Done for your great work of encouraging and impacting not just America but the world.
Ray M over 7 years ago from Botswana, Southern Africa
Saw your billboard at Newark Airport. It made an impact.
Now I'm a fan and promoter of your site. Great work.
Ronald A over 7 years ago from New York, USA
Your billboards first appeared to us like a beacon from the blight of I-95 in a very run down part of Bridgeport, CT. Every time I drove by, I looked at the Lincoln billboard amazed and silently praying that every car driving by would see it and take it to heart the way my family has. My elementary aged children learned the word persistence from this billboard and we talk about it and use it every day from memorizing math facts, playing catch and even trying to behave!
Lorien T. over 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA
My life has seriously gotten better because of your billboards. The one that I think about everyday is the Abe Lincoln, "..failed, failed, failed, and then.." The first time I saw it I had tears in my eyes, because I realized that even though I may not be succeeding now, if I am persistent I will reach my goal.
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