Before American Express was a multinational financial corporation worth over $25 billion, it was an express mail business in Buffalo, New York. The company was founded in 1850 by pioneering businessmen Henry Wells and William Fargo as the result of a consolidation of three competing companies. Two years later, the partners formed Wells, Fargo & Company, and expanded the express business from New York and San Francisco. Numbered 12556, this authentic American Express stock certificate was issued on March 7, 1873, and features the signature of then-president William Fargo, who took over after Wells retired from the company in 1868. It's presented in a custom frame with acid-free mats and backing and includes gallery-quality UV protective acrylic.
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