William Fargo was a pioneer American expressman who helped found the modern day financial firms of American Express Company and Wells Fargo with his business partner, Henry Wells.
William George Fargo was born in Pompey in Onondaga County, New York on May 20, 1818. He was the eldest of twelve children of William C. Fargo (1791–1878) (formerly of New London, Connecticut) and Stacy Chappel Strong (1799–1869). His younger brother was James Congdell Strong Fargo (1829–1915). His father, who was born in New London, Connecticut, fought in the War of 1812. The elder Fargo was stationed at Fort Niagara and fought in the battle of Queenston Heights under General Van Rensselaer that resulted in the death of British General Isaac Brock. Fargo was wounded in right thigh, just before the Americans took possession of the ground. His grandfather was William Beebe Fargo (1757–1801), the son of William Fargo (1726–1813). His great-grandfather was the son of Moses Fargo (1691–1798) and the grandson of Moses Fargo (1648–1742), who emigrated from England to Connecticut in 1670 and served with distinction in the Revolutionary War.
In January 1840, Fargo married Anna H. Williams (1820–1890), daughter of Nathan Williams, one of the proprietors of Pompey, with whom he had eight children.
Georgia Fargo (1841–1892), who died unmarried
Alma Cornelia Fargo (1842–1842), who died young
Sarah Irene Fargo (1843–1854)
William George Fargo, Jr. (1845–1872), who married Minerva Elizabeth Prendergast (1848–1873)
Hannah Sophia Fargo (1847–1851), who died young
Mary Louise Fargo (1851–1852), who died young
Helen Lacy Fargo (1857–1886), who married Herbert G. Squiers (1859–1911), a diplomat who served as Minister to Cuba (1902–1905) and Panama (1906–1909)
Edwin Morgan Fargo (1861–1865), who died young
William was christened at Grace Episcopal Church in Buffalo, New York on November 19, 1854.
He died on August 3, 1881. After his funeral on August 7, 1881, he was buried at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Buffalo, New York. Fargo's wife Anna died in 1890. The city of Fargo, North Dakota is named after him.
↑ "United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MZ89-2VT : 20 August 2017), William G Fargo, Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States; citing enumeration district ED 165, sheet 202B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), FHL microfilm 1,254,831.
↑ "New York State Census, 1875," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VNV1-2GP : 11 March 2018), William G Fargo, Buffalo, Erie, New York, United States; citing p. 68, line 18, State Library, Albany; FHL microfilm 825,689.
↑ Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 24 January 2020), memorial page for William George Fargo (20 May 1818–3 Aug 1881), Find A Grave: Memorial #326, citing Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, Erie County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .