Letters from incarceration camps
When Japanese Americans were forcibly removed from their homes into federal incarceration camps in 1942, their banker J. Elmer Morrish made it his mission to support them in any way possible.
In the last half of the 1800s, Wells Fargo’s network of hundreds of agents would take care of a customer’s personal or commercial business by commission, setting off to pay a bill in person, file a deed, or even help make special purchases for hard-to-find fancy doorknobs, a saxophone instruction manual, or a large 34-star U.S. flag.
Mifflin Wistar Gibbs lived a life of service and activism. As he fought to end slavery, served as a politician for change, and became a successful African American business owner in Gold Rush California, Wells Fargo was there to help in his pursuits.