Before there was a Wells Fargo Company, there was a Mr. Wells and a Mr. Fargo (and a Mr. Livington, and a Mr. Wasson, and a Mr. Butterfield), and they all wanted to express things around this burgeoning country of ours.
“We need to express money. We need to express packages. Boys…we need to express goods all over America.”
“Why, bless me britches. Let’s form American Express.”
And so they did.
The American Express Company received its FirstMention in the Daily Sanduskian, an Ohio newspaper, on April 6, 1850.
The Wells Fargo Wagon wouldn’t be comin’ round the bend for another few years, yet. You can find out more about the company’s history at the American Express page in Wikipedia.