Alphonse Capone (1899–1947) was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of current Italian migrant Gabriele and Teresina Capone. A poor family that came to America looking for a better life, the Capones and their eight children lived a typical migrant lifestyle in a New York residence. Capone's father be as a barber, and his mother be a seamstress. There was nothing in Capone's infancy or family life that could have forecast his rise to infamy as America’s most infamous gangster.
Capone was a good student in his Brooklyn basic school, but began falling after and had to replicate the sixth grade. It was roughly that time that he started playing hooky and execution out at the Brooklyn port. One day, Capone's teacher hit him for impertinence and he beat back. The principal gave him a beating, and Capone never again revisit to school.
Torrio was running a numbers and betting operation near Capone's home when Capone begins running small tasks for him. Although Torrio left Brooklyn for Chicago in 1909, the two stayed close. Early on, Capone fixed to lawful employment, working in a weapons factory and as a paper cutter. He did spend some time amongst the street gangs in Brooklyn, but aside from infrequent scratch, his gang behavior was mostly monotonous.
When Capone was 19, he married Mae Coughlin just weeks subsequent the birth of their child, Albert Francis. His previous boss and friend Johnny Torrio was the boy's godfather. Now a husband and a father, Capone required doing right by his family, so he stimulated to Baltimore where he took a truthful job as a bookkeeper for a building company. But when Capone's father died of a heart attack in 1920, Torrio request him to come to Chicago. Capone bound at the occasion.
In Chicago, Torrio was supervise over a flourishing business in betting and prostitution, but with the performance in 1920 of the 18th Amendment barring the sale and expenditure of alcohol, Torrio focused on a new, more profitable field: copying. As a former petty gangster and bookkeeper, Capone brought both his street smarts and his proficiency with numbers to Torrio’s Chicago process. Torrio documented Capone's skills and quickly advanced him to partner.