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William Fargo

Born: May 20, 1818

Death: Aug 3, 1881

Birthplace: Pompey

Nationality: United States

William Fargo

Date of Birth : May 20, 1818
Date of Death : Aug 3, 1881
Birth Place : Pompey

William George Fargo, pioneer American expressman, was born in Pompey, New York. From the age of thirteen he had to support himself, obtaining little schooling, and for several years he was a clerk in grocery stores in Syracuse. He became a freight agent for the Auburn & Syracuse railway company at Auburn in 1841, an express messenger between Albany and Buffalo a year later, and in 1843 a resident agent in Buffalo. In 1844 he organized, with Henry Wells and Daniel Dunning, the first express company to engage in the carrying business west of Buffalo. The lines of this company were rapidly extended to Chicago, St. Louis, and other western points. In March 1850, when through a consolidation of competing lines the American Express Company was organized, Wells became president and Fargo secretary. In 1851, with Wells and others, he organized the firm of Wells Fargo & Company to conduct an express business between New York and San Francisco by way of the Isthmus of Panama and on the Pacific coast, where it long had a virtual monopoly.


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