Salvatore D'Aquila First Gambino Family Boss
by Robert Grey Reynolds, Jr
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Robert Grey Reynolds Jr.
in Palermo, Italy Salvatore D’Aquila (November 9, 1877-October 10,
1928) was the first head of what has become the Gambino crime family.
He arrived in New York aboard the ship Regina D’Italia on March 22,
1910. Salvatore was naturalized a U.S. citizen in New York City on
April 9, 1926. He was married to Marianna Mary
(1885-1946). D’Aquila was an extremely intelligent man who took
advantage of the opportunity to lead the American Mafia in the early
World War I Draft Registration Card tells us that in September 1918
he lived at 228 York Street in Brooklyn. He was self-employed and ran
his own business at 341 Washington Street, Brooklyn. Of medium height
and stout build Salvatore had brown eyes and black hair.
the Sicilian word for plant, is also used as a synonym for Mafia
crime family. In the late 1920s Salvatore Maranzano was consigliere
of the Schiro cosca, based mostly in Manhattan. Salvatore D’Aquila
headed a second cosca in Harlem. The third, led by Giuseppe Masseria,
was comprised largely of what remained of Giuseppe Morello’s cosca.
It was centered in Harlem and Lower Manhatt