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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Salvador Jose Capecelatro

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 292-293 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Salvador Jose Capecelatro, an able young attorney of Utica, is particularly prominent and influential among the people of his own nationality in his adopted city. His birth occurred in Naples, Italy, on the 13th of January, 1896, his parents being Adolph and Virginia (Cerio) Capecelatro, who emigrated to the United States in 1908 and after spending one year in New York took up their permanent abode in Utica. Adolph Capecelatro, who was known as the Marquis of Santomauro in Italy, is now the editor and owner of the Italian newspaper which is published in Utica. Prosperous, highly respected and public-spirited in marked degree, he is recognized as a leader among the Italian people of the city.

Salvador Jose Capecelatro obtained his early educational training in his native city and after coming to the New World prepared for a professional career as a student in the law department of the University of Buffalo, from which institution he was graduated with the degree of LL. B. in 1918. He has since been actively engaged in law practice in Utica and has built up an extensive and luctrative clientage. Mr. Capecelatro was the attorney in the famous Amendola case, which lasted eighteen months. His fidelity to the interests of his clients is proverbial; yet he never forgets that he owes a higher allegiance to the majesty of the law. His diligence and energy in the preparation of his cases, as well as the earnestness, tenacity and courage with which he defends the right, as he understands it, challenge the highest admiration of his associates.

Mr. Capecelatro married Miss Edith Mary Raymer, daughter of Peter William and Mary (Smith) Raymer. Fraternally he is identified with the Masons, belonging to Carducci Lodge No. 924, A. F. & A. M., while along strictly professional lines he has membership connection with the Utica Bar Association. He was with the army on the Rio Grande river during the trouble on the Mexican border and at the time of the World war served in the Navy Intelligence Corps. He is a member of Post No. 229 of the American Legion. Like his father, Salvador J. Capecelatro is highly regarded among the Italian people of Utica and is extremely popular in social circles, while in all affairs of public moment his cooperation is sought and generously given.

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