Henry Wells (1806 - 1878). Expressman. Wells started in the express business as an agent for Harnden's Express, running from New York to Albany. He started his own firm, Wells & Company, which ran a route from Buffalo to Detroit, the first express company to venture west of Buffalo. In 1850, Wells & Company joined with two other express companies to form the American Express Company with Wells serving as its president from 1850 to 1868. American Express covered the eastern sector of the United States; Wells, Fargo & Company, formed in 1852, covered the western sector. James C. Fargo (1829 - 1915). Working with his older brother, William, co-founder of the American Express Company, James became a prominent figure in the railroad and express industries. He became president of American Express in 1881 upon his brother's retirement from that position.