Demetrios Ypsilantis

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Dimitrios Ypsilantis
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Native name Greek: Δημήτριος Υψηλάντης
Romanian: Dumitru Ipsilanti
Born 1793
Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Died 16 August 1832(1832-08-16)
Nafplion, Greece
Allegiance Russia
Years of service 1814-1832
Commands held Moldavia and eastern Greece
Battles/wars Greek War of Independence (Battle of Dervenakia, Battle of Petra)

Demetrios Ypsilantis (also spelt using Dimitrios, Demetrius and/or Ypsilanti; Greek: Δημήτριος Υψηλάντης; Romanian: Dumitru Ipsilanti; 1793 – August 16, 1832) was a dragoman of the Ottoman Empire, served as an officer in the Imperial Russian Army in Moldavia and was appointed as modern Greece's first Field Marshal by Ioannis Kapodistrias, a hero of the Greek War of Independence. Ypsilantis was the brother of Alexander Ypsilantis, a leader of Filiki Eteria.

Early life

A member of an important Phanariote family, he was the second son of Prince Constantine Ypsilantis of Moldavia. He was sent to France where he was educated at a French military school.

Union of Moldavia and Wallachia

He distinguished himself as a Russian officer in the campaign of 1814.[1] In 1821 there was a Greek rebellion under Demetrios Ypsilantis, in Moldavia, that indirectly benefited the Principalities (of Moldavia and Wallachia).[2]

The Greek War of Independence

A bust of Demetrius Ypsilantis in front of the Ypsilanti Water Tower in Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA.

In 1821 he went to the Morea, where the Greek War of Independence had just broken out. He was one of the most conspicuous of the Phanariote leaders during the early stages of the revolt, though he was much hampered by the local chiefs and by the civilian element headed by Prince Alexander Mavrocordatos;[1] as a result the organisation of a regular army was slowed and operations were limited.[3]

On 15 January 1822, he was elected president of the legislative assembly. However, due to the failure of his campaign in central Greece, and his failure to obtain a commanding position in the national convention of Astros, he was compelled to retire in 1823.[4]

In 1828, he was appointed by Ioannis Kapodistrias as commander of the troops in eastern Greece. On 25 September 1829, he successfully compelled the Turkish commander Aslan Bey to capitulate at the Pass of Petra, thus ending the active operations of the war.[4]


He was known for an affair with Manto Mavrogenous who was a Greek heroine of the Greek War of Independence.


He died at Nafplion on August 16, 1832.


  • Ypsilanti, North Dakota was named by a person from Ypsilanti, Michigan, and so, is also, indirectly, named after Demetrios Ypsilanti.
  • Ypsilanti in Talbot County, Georgia, was once a relatively important cotton growing center but “is now (2010) merely a crossroads with a reported five residences."[6]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Public Domain One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Ypsilanti s.v. Demetrios Ypsilanti". Encyclopædia Britannica. 28 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 942.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. East, The Union of Moldavia and Wallachia, 1859, p. 8.
  3. John S. Koliopoulos, Brigands with a Cause - Brigandage and Irredentism in Modern Greece 1821-1912, Clarendon Press Oxford (1987), p. 68.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Chisholm 1911.
  5. Scriba, Jay (15 October 1970). "From Sleepy Eye to Chicken Bristle, USA". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved 22 April 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>


  • East, The Union of Moldavia and Wallachia, 1859 - An Episode in Diplomatic History, Thirlwall Prize Essay for 1927, Cambridge University Press (1929).

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