I will prepare, and someday my chance will come.”
About This Billboard
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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See how Lincoln personifies the definition of persistence with a brief look at key facts from his life.
I love you
Abe is a cool person
abe was one of the grates man who ever lived
luis, my house
Persistance is the way of life.
Elizabeth P., 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, LUSAKA, ZAMBIA
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., Wausau, WI
Abraham Lincoln is a good example of a good example;i salute him.
Bernard Brown, 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., Evanston, IL.
I love this billboard! Since seeing it, I have referenced it in teaching my kindergarten students about "trying again."
Megan D., 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., 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., 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., St. Joseph, MI
I feel what you mean.
Zach P., 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, 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., 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.
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., 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.
Among all of the people I appreciate, he is one of the most because he truly lived his dreams.
Johnson K., Moshi, Tanzania