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Joseph Esposito

Politician from United States of America

Joseph "Diamond Joe" Esposito (April 28, 1872 – March 21, 1928) was a Prohibition-era Chicago politician who was involved in bootlegging, extortion, prostitution and labor racketeering with the Genna Brothers. He is credited by the FBI as being the first known Sicilian Mafia member to emigrate to the United States. Born Giuseppe Esposito in Acerra, Italy (although other accounts claimed he was Sicilian), he joined one of the street gangs terrorizing Chicago's Little Italy during the early 1900s. When the Volstead Act (National Prohibition Act of 1919) was enacted, Esposito's organization, the 42 Gang, which included Sam "Momo" Giancana and Paul "The Waiter" Ricca, quickly entered into bootlegging. Esposito's early success with the Genna Brothers may have been a factor in the 1920 murder of rival James "Big Jim" Colosimo, a long time racketeer who had been hesitant to begin his own bootlegging operations. By the early 1920s, Esposito had become a Republican ward boss of the 19th Ward in Chicago, one of the earliest Italian-Americans to be elected to this job. Esposito provided political protection to the bootlegging gangs of Little Italy, including the South Side gang of mob boss  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1872-04-28
Place of birth
Naples
Nationality
United States of America
Profession
Mafioso, Politician

Death

Date of death
1928-03-21
Cause of death
Murder

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