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Founded as New York and Mississippi Valley Printing Telegraph Company in 1851, Western Union continues to be an industry leader. Our leadership in technology has fostered global growth and innovation. Today we offer an array of financial services, including money transfer, prepaid services, and services for businesses. We serve customers online, by phone and from 515,000 Agent Locations worldwide. And we do it with ease.
Changed our name from the New York and Mississippi Valley Printing Telegraph Company to Western Union. The new name marked consolidation of several lines in the western-most reaches of the U.S. telegraph system.
Completed the first transcontinental telegraph line across North America.
Introduced the first successful stock ticker.
Introduced money transfer.
Named one of the original 11 stocks in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.4
Provided service to Europe, Northern Africa, North and South America, Australia and Asia.
Introduced the first customer charge card.
Delivered the first singing telegram.
Pioneered the first commercial inner-city microwave communications system.
Introduced the first commercial satellite in the U.S.
Money transfer revenue exceeded telegram service revenue for the first time.
Introduced the first disposable prepaid phone card.
Celebrated 150th anniversary by expanding to more than 100,000 Agent Locations worldwide.
Handled 147 million consumer-to-consumer money transfers and 249 million bill-paying transactions.