The Life Of The Original Public Enemy No. 1: Al Capone

He Came From A Hard-Working Family

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Capone was not much different from the many mobsters who grew up in poverty during the early 20th century. But unlike others who were part of immigrant families from Italy who were really poor, Capone’s family had a little more reputable status. His dad, Gabriele, was an educated man who left Naples for New York City in 1894.

Capone’s dad was 30 years old when he traveled to the United States, and he supported his family by being a barber. He came to America with his pregnant wife, Teresa, a seamstress, and their two sons: Vincenzo, 2, and Raffaele, an infant.