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William Fargo

Portrait of William G. Fargo
Personal data
Date of birthMay 20, 1818
Place of birthPompey, New York
Date of deathAugust 03, 1881(age 63)
Place of deathBuffalo, New York
Political partyDemocrat
SpouseAnna Hurd
Childreneight children
Mayor of Buffalo
Assumed office1862 1866
Succeeded byChandler J. Wells
Preceded byFranklin A. Alberger

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William George Fargo (May 20, 1818 August 3, 1881), 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 (1805 1878) and Daniel Dunning, the first express company (Wells & Co.; after 1845 Livingston & Fargo) to engage in the carrying business west of Buffalo. The lines of this company (which first operated only to Detroit, via Cleveland) 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.

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.

From 1862 to 1866 he was mayor of Buffalo, and from 1868 to his death in Buffalo, he was president of the American Express Company, with which in 1868 the Merchants Union Express Co. was consolidated. He was a director of the New York Central and of the Northern Pacific railways. During his term as mayor, the Buffalo riot of 1862 took place.

He died on August 3, 1881 after battling an illness for several months and was buried in Forest Lawn Cemetery. William's brother J.C. Fargo succeeded him as President of American Express after his death.

Fargo Avenue in Buffalo, and Fargo, North Dakota are named after him.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Franklin A. Alberger
Mayor of Buffalo, NY
Succeeded by
Chandler J. Wells

Preceded by
Henry Wells
CEO of American Express
Succeeded by
J.C. Fargo

Mayors of Buffalo, New York

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American Express

Payment productsCredit cards * Charge cards * Traveler's cheques * Centurion Card * Red Card * ExpressPay * Plum Card
receiptsTravel + Leisure * Food & Wine * Departures Magazine * Executive Travel
Spun-off companiesAmeriprise Financial * First Data Corp. * Lehman Brothers * Merchants Despatch * Railway Express Agency * Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment
Notable current and former executivesHenry Wells * William Fargo * J.C. Fargo * Ralph Reed * James D. Robinson III * Lou Gerstner * Sandy Weill * Harvey Golub * Ken Chenault * Gary Crittenden
Corporate directorsKen Chenault (Chairman) * Daniel Akerson * Charlene Barshefsky * Ursula Burns * Peter Chernin * Vernon Jordan, Jr. * Jan Leschly * Rick Levin * Edward Miller * Frank Popoff * Robert Walter * Ron Williams
OtherAmerican Express Incentive Services * The Adventures of Seinfeld & Superman * World Monuments Watch * Salad Oil Scandal * Three World Financial Center * 65 Broadway * Falmer Stadium (The American Express Community Stadium)

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