The collection consists mainly of letters to and from Hosmer Benjamin Parsons (1846-1908) who joined the company in 1867 and
successively held the positions of cashier, assistant secretary, vice-president and president of the company bank in New York.
The papers deal chiefly with the express business--relationships with competing express companies (such as American Express,
Pacific Express, Northern Pacific Express, Texas Express, etc.), with railroad companies (Northern Pacific Railroad Company,
Denver and Rio Grande Railway Company, Kansas City, St. Joseph & Council Bluffs Railroad Company and others), matters of shipments,
rates, and routes. There are also papers that relate to the personal business affairs of Hosmer B. Parsons.
Wells, Fargo & Company was founded in New York in 1852 through the amalgamation of several companies by Henry Wells (1805-1878)
and William George Fargo (1818-1881). It was expanded in the wake of the Gold Rush to handle the growing express business
in the West. Henry Wells is not represented in the collection, nor is William G. Fargo, but there are a few letters from or
about his brothers James Congdell Fargo and Charles Fargo who were active in Wells, Fargo & Company and the American Express
Company. In 1872 Lloyd Tevis (1824-1899) became president of Wells, Fargo & Company followed in 1892 by John Joseph Valentine
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