Born: September 3, 1700 (Polack says 1709), Cronenberg (near Frankfurt am Main), Germany.
Died: January 26, 1744, Magdeburg, Germany.
Leopold was the son of court counselor Johann Jakob Lehr.
In childhood, he was greatly impressed when August Francke visited his home and blessed him with the laying on of hands.
Lehr was sent to the Gymnasium in Istein at an early age, and stayed there until he was 18 years old. He went to the University of Jena in 1729, and in 1730 to Halle to study under Johann Rambach and Gotthilf August Francke.
He also tutored Johann Freylinghausen’s children, and later was private tutor to the Countess of Anhalt-Köthen.
In 1732 and later, he collaborated with court preacher Allendorf of Köthen to publish Köthnische Lieder.
Lehr was very popular, and became assistant pastor at Köthen in 1740. Two years later, he was called as superintendent, but declined the position, as he believed his people needed him more.
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