He failed in business in 1831, was defeated for the legislature in 1832, failed again in business in 1833, had a nervous breakdown in 1836, was defeated for Speaker of the House in 1838, was defeated for elector in 1840, was defeated for Congress in 1843, was defeated again for the same office in 1846, was defeated for the Senate in 1855, and was defeated for vice president in 1856. He tried the Senate once more in 1858 but lost.
Feel like a failure? Remember:
- Moses failed - Acts 7:23-30
- Samuel failed - 1 Samuel 8:1-3
- David failed - 2 Samuel 12:7-15
- Peter failed - 3 times on the night prior to Christ's crucifixion.
Not a single one of these men was thrown away by God. They were all "recycled."