Ioannis Papadiamantopoulos (elder)

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Ioannis Diamantopoulos
Ιωάννης Παπαδιαμαντόπουλος
Born 1766
Corinth, Ottoman Empire (Greece)
Died 1826
Missolonghi, Greece
Nationality Greek
Occupation Greek revolutionary leader

Ioannis Diamantopoulos (Greek: Ιωάννης Παπαδιαμαντόπουλος; 1766–1826) was a Greek revolutionary leader during the Greek War of Independence (1821–1830).

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Diamantopoulos was born in Corinth in 1766. He lost both parents at a young age[when?] and moved to Patras. He married Eleni Kalamogdarti in 1800. Papadiamantopoulos was an upper-class resident of Patras before the revolution broke out. He had an estate located in the area of Agios Dimitrios.

Military career[edit]

Papadiamantopoulos sold his entire estate during the revolution started by the Greeks and ran a weapons trade from Italy. Later[when?], he headed to Italy with a ship containing weaponry and hunting from English ships on the Gulf of Patras and brought with him a small ship from Missollongi, which later traded with Patras. In March 1822, he was a fortress chief of a battlefield in Patras and participated in the receipt of the castle of Nafplio. Papadiamantopoulos managed the naval battles of Hydra and Spetses and also of Elis. He was made president of the tri-member with commission power fallow Greece.

He experienced polemic when having a council in the Third Siege of Missolonghi from March 1825. Otherwise, he headed to Zakynthos and bought and carried weaponry for the soldiers. During that time, his family moved to Zakynthos. His friends counseled him not to return to Messolongi but Papadiamanatopoulos refused. He battled at Messologni and was killed there. After the revolution, his family returned to Patras.

Legacy[edit]

A memorial square for Papadiamantopoulos is located next to his house.

Personal[edit]

Papadiamantopoulos was married to Eleni Kalamogdartis, daughter of the Kalamogdartis family from Patras, with whom he had six children: Anastasios, Panagiotis, Spyridonas, Dimitrios, Konstantinos and Adamantios.

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  • Peloponnesian Revolutionary Leaders of 1821, Nikitaras Remembered (ποννήσιοι αγωνιστές του 1821, Νικηταρά απομνημονεύματα = Peloponissoi agonistes tou 1821, Nikitara apomnimonevmata), Fotakou, Vergina publishers, Athens 1996
  • This article is translated and is based from the article at the Greek Wikipedia (el:Main Page)