The Lehrerleut, also Lehrerleit, are a branch of the Hutterites that emerged in 1877. They are the most traditional branch of the Hutterites.
Thirteen Hutterite families under the leadership of Jacob Wipf (1835–1896) emigrated from Johannesruh, Ukraine to South Dakota in 1877, where they after their arrival formed the Lehrerleut by establishing a community of goods at Elmspring Colony near Parkston, South Dakota, thus following the example of the Schmiedeleut and the Dariusleut. The group's leader was a teacher (German: Lehrer), hence their name Lehrerleut ("teacher people").
Shortly after World War I, two Hutterite conscientious objectors from the Lehrerleut branch, Joseph and Michael Hofer, died in an American prison. This and growing anti-German sentiment caused the emigration of all four Lehrerleut colonies to Alberta, Canada in the following years. In 1945, the Lehrerleut started to form new colonies in Montana, thus returning to the United States.
In 1957 there were 20 Lehrerleut colonies in Alberta, 3 Saskatchewan and 8 in Montana. In 1973 the total number of Lehrerleut colonies was 61. According to the "2004 Hutterite Phone Book" there were 69 Schmiedeleut colonies in Alberta and 30 in Saskatchewan. An additional 44 colonies were in Montana, all together 143. Rod Janzen and Max Stanton report in their book of 2010 that there were 139 Lehrerleut colonies, 72 in Alberta, 32 Saskatchewan and 35 in Montana.
- John A. Hostetler: Hutterite Society, Baltimore, MD, 1974, page 111, 115.
- "Origins of Leut". Hutterites. 2012-03-20. Retrieved 2017-12-01.
- "World War 1". Hutterites.org. Decker Colony School.
- John A. Hostetler: Hutterite Society, Baltimore, MD, 1974, page 366.
- The 2004 Hutterite Phone Book, Canadian Edition, James Valley Colony of Hutterian Brethren: Elie, Manitoba.
- Rod Janzen and Max Stanton: The Hutterites in North America, Baltimore, MD, 2010, page 55.
- John A. Hostetler: Hutterite Society, Baltimore, MD, 1974.
- Rod Janzen and Max Stanton: The Hutterites in North America, Baltimore, MD, 2010.
- John Lehr and Yosef Kats: Inside the Ark: The Hutterites in Canada and the United States, Regina 2012.
- hutterites.org, the website of the Hutterian Brethren (Schmiedeleut 1)