William George.

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William George was born in Pompey, New York back in 1818 to William and Stacy. His education was limited to the rudiments taught in a country school. To help support his family he left school when he was 13 to carry mail in the local area. In 1838, he worked with Hough & Gilchrist grocers. In 1841, he worked as a fright agent for the Auburn and Syracuse Railroad.

In 1845, he along with Henry and Daniel opened up their own freight agency running from Buffalo to Cincinnati, St. Louis and Chicago. By 1866, the company had expanded naming William the president. He remained in that position until his death in 1881.

What you may not know about William George Fargo is that the company he organized with Henry and Daniel was the American Express Company. Quite an accomplishment for someone with just a basic education, so what’s your excuse?

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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Sometimes a lack of education causes one to become focused on one thing. Focus is power as William proved. Enjoy your day!

Dec 01, 2019 04:33 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

I had not idea about this history of the American Express Company, James. And to answer your questions... most of us have no excuse not to accomplish something in our lives.

Dec 01, 2019 04:44 AM #3
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray some of the wealthiest people in the world have no formal education....they knew what they wanted and they accomplished it....

Dec 01, 2019 05:07 AM #4
Donald Urschalitz
Lubeck Realty Group - Jupiter, FL
P.A. Realtor ABR RSPS North Palm Beach County

That is the beauty of our country, with desire anything can be obtained. Enjoy your Sunday.

Dec 01, 2019 05:10 AM #5
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - "What's your excuse?"  seems quite appropriate in telling this story.  

Dec 01, 2019 05:24 AM #6
Linda Blumenthal
Hampton Crossing - Licensed Real Estate Salesperson - 631-466-4087 - Westhampton Beach, NY
NYS Licenced Real Estate Salesperson, CBR

There is never an excuse to follow your dreams and become a better you.  

Dec 01, 2019 05:25 AM #7
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

The one credit card I have!

His willpower and timing were perfect.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Dec 01, 2019 05:50 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray - Don't leave home without him!  A man who created a legend.

Dec 01, 2019 06:20 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


On our honeymoon, we would stop at AmEX in Europe to check for mail.  And in Belgium, we were waiting for our Eurailpasses that Ron's Mom had sent us.  I so appreciated their exiistence.  We have a card but rarely use it.  A

Dec 01, 2019 07:55 AM #10
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - I love your last line... "So what's your excuse?"  

This hits home for many, doesn't it?  No excuses!! 

Dec 01, 2019 08:54 AM #11
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

William made the most of his "basic" education & convinced people to never leave home w/o it.

Dec 01, 2019 03:12 PM #12
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

And I have the card to honor his innovation, and I pay it off monthly.

Dec 01, 2019 03:57 PM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- it is always so interesting to learn about the people who started companies we're all familiar with. 

Dec 01, 2019 07:05 PM #14
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  What an interesting story.    Great ideas and determination.  Two of the keys to success.

Dec 01, 2019 10:23 PM #15
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

and I thought this was going to be about wells fargo!  I didn't know that Amex started as a shipping company

Dec 02, 2019 05:03 AM #16
Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Hi there,

Quite interesting. I'm curious, I think you meant "freight agent" not "fright agent", right?

Dec 02, 2019 03:13 PM #17
Michelle Cherie CarrCrowe Just Call...408-252-8900
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

That's amazing that someone with a "country school education" helped form American Express.

Dec 02, 2019 03:14 PM #18
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Some of the smartest people I've ever met were self made inventors, etc. No limits, no excuses.

Dec 02, 2019 04:09 PM #19
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

True, James Dray, after reading about the accomplishment of William George Fargo, I went looking for an excuse.  American Express, huh?!?  Quite impressive! 

Dec 04, 2019 07:43 AM #20
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

I am not making any excuses, James Dray. My accomplishments will not rival those of William George

Dec 08, 2019 06:59 AM #21
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