2024-07 Raynors Historical Collectible Auctions
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Stock certificate for 4 shares. Black. Vignette of a rail yard and a ship yard with the "Saftey & Dispatch" seal at top center. Signed as vice president by JOHN BUTTERFIELD, as Secretary by WILLIAM G. FARGO and as Treasurer by ALEX HOLLAND. FARGO, WILLIAM G. (1818-1881). Fargo got his start in the express business at age 13 through a 30 mile mail route. Sometime later, William Fargo served as a messenger with Wells & Company, the first express company to venture west of Buffalo. Fargo became a partner in Wells & Company and, in 1850, they joined with two other express companies to form the American Express Company which covered the eastern sector of the United States; Wells, Fargo & Company, formed in 1852, covered the western sector. Wells went on to start his own firm, Wells & Company, which ran a route from Buffalo to Detroit, the first express company to venture west of Buffalo. As a young man, William Fargo served as a messenger with Wells & Company, and eventually became Wells' partner. In 1850, Wells & Company joined with two other express companies to form the American Express Company which covered the eastern sector of the United States, with the western sector being covered by Wells, Fargo and Company.
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An Early American Express Company Stock Signed By Fargo, Butterfield And Holland 1865, New York.

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