Hetman of Zaporizhian Cossacks is a historical term that has multiple meanings.
Officially the post was known as Hetman of the Zaporizhian Host (Ukrainian: Гетьман Війська Запорозького, Hetman Viyska Zaporozkoho). With the creation of Registered Cossacks units their leaders were officially referred to as Senior of His Royal Grace Zaporozhian Host (Ukrainian: старший його Королівської Милості Війська Запорозького, Starshyi Yoho Korolivkoyi Mylosti Viyska Zaporozkoho). Before 1648 and the establishment of Cossack Hetmanate there were numerous regional hetmans across the Dnieper-banks, who usually were starostas or voivodes.
The first widely recognized hetman of Zaporizhia was Dmytro Vyshnevetsky, however later several Polish starostas were added to the Hetman registry such as Lyantskoronsky and Dashkevych who also led their own cossack formations. According to Mykola Hrushevsky they were not really considered as hetman, at least by their contemporaries. Among other such starostas were Karpo Maslo from Cherkasy, Yatsko Bilous (Pereyaslav), Andrushko (Bratslav), and many others. Even Princes Konstanty Ostrogski and Bohdan Hlinski were conducting Cossack raids on Tatar uluses (districts).
The commanders of Zaporozhian Host (the Kosh) often considered as hetmans in fact carried a title of Kosh Otaman. As from 1572, hetman was the unofficial title of commanders of the Registered Cossack Army (Ukrainian: Козаки реєстрові, Polish: Kozacy rejestrowi, Russian: Казаки реестровые) of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. From the 1648 Bohdan Khmelnytsky uprising, Hetman was the title of the head of the Cossack state, the Cossack Hetmanate. Cossack hetmans had very broad powers and acted as supreme military commanders and executive leader (by issuing administrative decrees).
After the split of Ukrainian territory along the Dnieper River by the Polish-Russian Treaty of Andrusovo 1667, there was an introduction of dual leadership for each bank, or for each Ukraine of Dnieper (left and right). After the Treaty of Andrusovo there existed two different Cossack Hetmanates with two Hetmans the one in Poland being called Nakazny Hetman of His Royal Mercy of Zaporizhian Host and the Russian one titled Hetman of His Tsar's Mercy of Zaporizhian Host.
Eventually the official state powers of Cossack Hetmans were gradually diminished in the 18th century, and finally abolished by Catherine II of Russia in 1764.
|#||Hetman||Elected (event)||Took office||Left office|
|1648 (Sich)||26 January 1648||6 August 1657||died|
|death of his father||6 August 1657||27 August 1657||reconsidered by the Council of Officers|
|1657 (Korsun)||27 August 1657
(confirmed: 21 October 1657)
|11 September 1659||surrendered title|
|1659 (Hermanivka)||11 September 1659
(confirmed: 11 September 1659)
|October 1662||surrendered title|
Павло "Тетеря" Моржковський
|1662 (Chyhyryn)||October 1662||July 1665||(legitimacy questioned)|
|1663 (Nizhyn)||27 June 1663
(confirmed: 27 June 1663)
|17 June 1668||died|
|1666 (Chyhyryn)||10 October 1665
(confirmed: January 1666)
|19 September 1676||surrendered to Ivan Samoylovych|
|1669 (Hlukhiv)||17 December 1668
(confirmed: 3 March 1669)
|April 1672||arrested and exiled to Siberia|
|1672 (Cossack Grove)||17 June 1672||August 1687||arrested and exiled to Siberia|
|1687 (Kolomak)||4 August 1687||6 November 1708||"stripped" of a title, discredited|
|1708 (Hlukhiv)||6 November 1708||14 July 1722||died|
|appointed hetman||1722||1724||died in prison|
|Collegium of Little Russia (Stepan Velyaminov) 1722-1727|
|1727 (Hlukhiv)||12 October 1727||29 March 1734||died|
|provisional Hetman Government Administration 1734-1745|
|1750 (Hlukhiv)||22 February 1750||1764||resigned|
|Collegium of Little Russia 1764-1786 (Pyotr Rumyantsev)|
Historians such as Mykola Arkas question legitimacy of the Teteria's elections accusing the later in corruption. Also some sources claim election of Teteria being taken place in January 1663. The election of Teteria led to the Povoloch Regiment Uprising in 1663, followed by bigger number of unrest in the modern region of Kirovohrad Oblast as well as Polesie (all in the Right-bank Ukraine). Moreover, the political crisis that followed the Pushkar–Barabash Uprising divided the Cossack Hetmanate completely on both bank of Dnieper River. Coincidentally, on January 10, 1663 the Tsardom of Muscovy created the new Little Russian Office (Prikaz) within its Ambassadorial Office.
Vouched by Charles Marie François Olier, marquis de Nointel, Yuriy Khmelnytsky was freed from the Ottoman captivity, appointed and along with Pasha Ibragim was sent to Ukraine fight the Moscow forces of Samoilovych and Romadanovsky. In 1681 Mehmed IV appointed George Ducas the Hetman of Ukraine, replacing Khmelnytsky.
Following the anathema on Mazepa and the election of Ivan Skoropadsky, Cossack Hetmanate was included into the Russian Government of Kiev in December 1708. Upon the death of Skoropadsky, the Hetman elections were disrupted and were awarded as a gift and a type of princely titles, first to Moldavian nobleman and later to the Russian Empress favorite.
On 5 April 1710 the council of cossacks, veterans of the battle at Poltava, elected Pylyp Orlyk as the Hetman of Ukraine in exile. Orlyk waged a guerrilla warfare at the southern borders of the Russian Empire with the support from Ottoman and Swedish empires.
The Appointed Hetman Mykhailo Khanenko was elected the Hetman of Ukraine by a council of Sukhoviy's Cossacks in Uman to depose Doroshenko. In 1675 John III Sobieski awarded the title to some Ostap Hohol (died in 1679). Same thing happened in 1683 when John III Sobieski awarded the title to Stefan Kunicki and in 1684 to Andriy Mohyla. Those awards were given during the Great Turkish War.
|#||Hetman||Elected (event)||Took office||Left office|
(confirmed: 2 September 1670)
|23 August 1683||23 August 1683
(confirmed: 24 August 1683)
|January 1684||pro-Polish faction|
|January 1684||January 1684
(confirmed: 30 January 1684)
|January 1689||pro-Polish faction|
The title existed in 1710-1760.