Portrait by Spyridon Prosalentis
Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
|Died||16 August 1832|
|Years of service||1814–1832|
|Commands held||Moldavia and General of the First Hellenic Republic|
|Battles/wars||Greek War of Independence |
Demetrios Ypsilantis (also spelt using Dimitrios, Demetrius and/or Ypsilanti; Greek: Δημήτριος Υψηλάντης; Romanian: Dumitru Ipsilanti; 1793 – August 16, 1832) was a member of a prominent Phanariot Greek family Ypsilantis, a dragoman of the Ottoman Empire, served as an officer in the Imperial Russian Army and played an important role in the Greek War of Independence. Ypsilantis was the brother of Alexander Ypsilantis, a leader of Filiki Eteria.
Union of Moldavia and Wallachia
He distinguished himself as a Russian officer in the campaign of 1814. In 1821 there was a Greek rebellion under Demetrios Ypsilantis, in Moldavia, that indirectly benefited the Principalities (of Moldavia and Wallachia).
The Greek War of Independence
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; as a result the organisation of a regular army was slowed and operations were limited.
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.
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 (Battle of Petra), thus ending the active operations of the war.
He was known for an affair with Manto Mavrogenous, who was a Greek heroine of the Greek War of Independence.
He died due to illness in Nafplion, Greece on August 16, 1832.
- The city of Ypsilanti, Michigan in the United States; founded in 1823, during the Greek struggle for independence; is named after him. A bust of Demetrios Ypsilanti stands between American and Greek flags at the base of the landmark Ypsilanti Water Tower.
- Ypsilanti, North Dakota, USA was named by a person from Ypsilanti, Michigan, and is thus also indirectly named after Demetrios Ypsilanti.
- Ypsilanti in Talbot County, Georgia, USA was once a relatively important cotton growing centre but “is now (2010) merely a crossroads with a reported five residences."
- Alexander Ypsilantis (1725-1805), grandfather
- Constantine Ypsilantis, father
- Alexander Ypsilantis (1792-1828), brother
- Manto Mavrogenous, fiancée and love of his life
- One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Ypsilanti s.v. Demetrios Ypsilanti". Encyclopædia Britannica. 28 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 942.
- East, The Union of Moldavia and Wallachia, 1859, p. 8.
- John S. Koliopoulos, Brigands with a Cause - Brigandage and Irredentism in Modern Greece 1821-1912, Clarendon Press Oxford (1987), p. 68.
- Chisholm 1911.
- Scriba, Jay (15 October 1970). "From Sleepy Eye to Chicken Bristle, USA". The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
- "Ypsilanti's Yonder - Ypsilanti Gleanings". Retrieved 27 August 2016.
- East, The Union of Moldavia and Wallachia, 1859 - An Episode in Diplomatic History, Thirlwall Prize Essay for 1927, Cambridge University Press (1929).