AMERICAN MERCHANTS UNION EXPRESS CO. - STOCK CERTIFICATE SIGNED 09/30/1869 CO-SIGNED BY: WILLIAM G. FARGO, J. N. KNAPP, E. P. ROSS - HFSID 15296

AMERICAN MERCHANTS UNION EXPRESS COMPANY William G. Fargo signs an American Merchants Express Company Stock Certificate that has been bound in a leather and felt portfolio, 17¾x12¾ when closed. Stock Certificate signed: "Wm G. Fargo" as President, "

Sale Price $1,275.00

Reg. $1,500.00

Condition: fine condition
Our Authentication Guarantee (PSA / JSA) View information about our authenticity guarantee
Chat now or call 800-425-5379

AMERICAN MERCHANTS UNION EXPRESS COMPANY
William G. Fargo signs an American Merchants Express Company Stock Certificate that has been bound in a leather and felt portfolio, 17¾x12¾ when closed.
Stock Certificate signed: "Wm G. Fargo" as President, "E. P. Ross" as Treasurer and "J. N. Knapp" as Secretary, 2p, 11¾x9 front and verso (made to show both sides). New York, 1869 September 30. Certificate No. 5442. Issue of 100 shares of Capital Stock; each share was worth $100. In part: "This Certifies that Horace D. Hawkins are entitled to One Hundred Shares in the American Merchants Union Express Company...." On verso, Horace D. Hawkins have transferred this stock on November 11, 1869. William G. Fargo, who served as Secretary and President of the American Express Company (1850-1868 and 1868-1881) signed this certificate for the American Merchants Union Express Company, which evolved from American Express. American Express, which was founded in March 1850, had been formed by the merger of three companies: Wells and Company, which Henry Wells helped found in New York City in 1846; Livingston, Fargo and Company, which was co-founded by Wells and Fargo in Buffalo, New York in 1846; and Butterfield, Wasson and Company. The reorganized company operated in the New England states and followed the Great Lakes into the Midwest and as far north as Canada, transporting valuables, currency, mail and commodities. By the end of the Civil War, American Express had expanded to over 900 offices in ten states. However, it faced competition from the railroads and other express companies. In 1867, the Merchants Union Express Company entered the market and soon became one of American Express' major competitors. The year before this certificate was signed, the two companies merged, creating the American Merchants Union Express Company. That same year, Fargo succeeded Henry Wells as President of the company. After 1869, the year of this certificate, American Express expanded into banking and tourism. In 1873, the firm's name reverted back to American Express. "X"-cut cancellations touch the signatures of Fargo and Knapp. Printed stamps touch the top of the "H" in Henry. Light show through of printing and writing on verso. Overall, fine condition.

This website image may contain our company watermark. The actual item does not contain this watermark
See more listings from these signers
Make an offer today and get a quick response
Check your account for the status.

Following offer submission users will be contacted at their account email address within 48 hours. Our response will be to accept your offer, decline your offer or send you a final counteroffer. All offers can be viewed from within the "Document Offers" area of your HistoryForSale account. Please review the Make Offer Terms prior to making an offer.

If you have not received an offer acceptance or counter-offer email within 24-hours please check your spam/junk email folder.

 

World-Wide Shipping

Fast FedEx and USPS shipping

Authenticity Guaranteed

COA with every purchase

Questions Answered 24/7

Contact us day or night

Submit Offers

Get a quick response