HENRY WELLS & WILLIAM G. FARGO
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'The Improbable History Of Mr. Peabody'
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Henry Wells (December 12, 1805 – December 10, 1878) was an American businessman important in the history of both the American Express Company and Wells Fargo & Company.
William George Fargo (May 20, 1818 – August 3, 1881), pioneer American expressman, was born in Pompey, New York.
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.
In 1861 Wells Fargo & Company. bought and reorganized the Overland Mail Co., which had been formed in 1857 to carry the United States mails, and of which Fargo had been one of the original promoters.
1852: Henry Wells and William G. Fargo (Mayor of Buffalo, NY from 1862–63 and again from 1864–65), the two founders of American Express, form Wells Fargo & Company to provide express and banking services to California.
1860: Wells Fargo gains control of Butterfield Overland Mail Company, leading to operation of the western portion of the Pony Express.
In the Tooniverse, however, Wells and Fargo were bitter rivals in 1850 for control of the Pony Express, with Wells being something of an evil prick about it....