William Fargo (1818-1881) was an American businessman who cofounded the famous express firm Wells, Fargo & Co. He served as the president of American Express from 1868 to his death in 1881. Today, the company is the 22nd most valuable brand in the world, estimated at $14.9bn.
- An American Express Company stock certificate signed by William Fargo
- Issued to prominent Quaker and abolitionist Slocum Howland, who is known for his part in the Underground Railroad
This certificate, which features expected stamps and cancellation holes, is for fifty shares of stock in the American Express Company. It was issued to Slocum Howland, a notable Quaker and abolitionist, and is dated February 3, 1881 - just a few months before Fargo's death.
The certificate, headed American Express Company, measures 11.5" x 7.5". It is signed at the bottom by Fargo as the company president.
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