November 7, 1873|
Palermo, Sicily, Italy
October 10, 1928 (aged 54)|
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
|Nationality||Italian / American|
|Occupation||Crime boss, mobster|
|Allegiance||D'Aquila crime family|
Early life and career
Salvatore D'Aquila was born on November 7, 1873 in Palermo, Sicily to Salvatore D'Aquila and his wife Provvidenza Gagliardo. D'Aquila emigrated to the United States in 1906 and became an early captain within the Morello crime family in East Harlem. D'Aquila was arrested in 1906 and in 1909; both times the charges were dropped. In 1910, boss of bosses Giuseppe "the Clutch Hand" Morello was imprisoned and Salvatore D'Aquila separated from the Morello family. D'Aquila formed his own crime family and was appointed the new boss of bosses. His crime family operated from East Harlem and the Bronx, where he rivaled the Morellos'.
D'Aquila expanded his crime family's power into Brooklyn and southern Manhattan's Lower East Side/Little Italy neighborhoods. The most prominent members of the D'Aquila family were Umberto Valenti, Manfredi Mineo, Giuseppe Traina, and Frank Scalise. In 1920, after Giuseppe Morello was released from prison, D'Aquila tried to have him and his closest allies murdered. In 1925, D'Aquila moved back into the Bronx.
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Crime family established by D'Aquila
| Gambino crime family
| Capo dei capi
Boss of bosses