From “Lincoln 365,” by Arnold Kunst
Lincoln lost his first campaign for elected office – the Illinois state legislature - in 1832. But there was one consolation: the 23-year-old Lincoln polled 277 out of the 300 votes cast in his little village. The grass-roots exit-poll lesson was crystal clear: to know Lincoln was to trust Lincoln.
‘I hope I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles, the character of an honest man.’
- George Washington