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Experience history in the making

Innovation. It’s in our blood. It’s the enduring thread that runs through our history and continues to move us forward. As long as there are customers to be helped, we’ll keep at it. And keep sharing our stories here. Welcome.

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This Day in Wells Fargo HistoryJune 18, 1861

Thaddeus Lowe’s observation balloon rose high above Washington, D.C. President Lincoln soon appointed him commander of the Union Army’s Balloon Corps. Lowe later founded Citizens Bank in Los Angeles, now part of Wells Fargo.

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Union Army officer ascends in observation balloon's wicker basket. Six soldiers hold ropes tethering the balloon to the ground. Army tents and trees in background. Image is black and white.

A partnership born to solve challenges

Throughout their lives, Henry Wells and William G. Fargo, the founders of Wells, Fargo & Co., were known for their innovation and dedication to customers.

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