BERNHISEL, John Milton

1799–1881

Biography

BERNHISEL, John Milton, a Delegate from the Territory of Utah; born at Sandy Hill, Tyrone Township, near Harrisburg, Cumberland County, Pa., July 23, 1799; attended the common schools; was graduated from the medical department of the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia; commenced the practice of medicine in New York City; moved to Nauvoo, Hancock County, Ill., in 1843, and thence to the Territory of Utah; settled in Salt Lake City in 1848 and continued the practice of medicine; elected to the Thirty-second and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1859); was not a candidate for renomination in 1858; resumed the practice of medicine; elected to the Thirty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1861-March 3, 1863); was not a candidate for renomination in 1862; resumed the practice of his profession; served as regent of the University of Utah; died in Salt Lake City September 28, 1881; interment in Salt Lake City Cemetery.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Brigham Young University
L. Tom Perry Special Collections Library

Provo, UT
Papers: 1825-1910, 5 inches. Letters, certificates of election, receipts, invitations, calling cards, maps, envelopes, deeds, family blessings, and a wallet with an engraving plate. There are also papers related to the settlement of the Bernhisel estate and secondary sources included with the collection. An inventory is available in the repository.
Papers: 1841, 1 item (2 pages). A letter dated August 18, 1841, composed in New York and addressed to Joseph Smith, first president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. John Bernhisel writes concerning the purchase of land in Nauvoo, Illinois.
Papers: In the Bernhisel Family Papers, 1881-1976, 5 linear inches. This collection consists of family histories of the Bernhisel and Van Orden families and numerous other individuals of Lewiston, Utah. There is also a town history of Lewiston, Utah, written by John Milton Bernhisel.
Papers: In the collection of legal instruments relating to Mormons in Utah, 1838-1895, 7 items. The collection includes a stock certificate signed by Wilford Woodruff, John Bernhisel, and others.

Stanford University
Department of Special Collections

Stanford, CA
Papers: In the Thomas Leiper Kane Papers, 1846-1883, 0.5 linear foot. The papers primarily cover Thomas Kane's two trips west in 1846-1847 and in 1858. Subjects covered include John Milton Benhisel.

Utah State Historical Society

Salt Lake City, UT
Papers: 1841-1850, 24 pages. Includes letters dated from August 18, 1841, and March 8, 1843, from John Bernhisel to Joseph Smith. Also includes correspondence with Brigham Young and others between March 5, 1850, and November 9, 1850, concerning Utah affairs in Washington, D.C.
Microfilm: n.d., 1 microfilm reel. Includes mementoes, writings, cards, and press notices of and by John Milton Bernhisel. The material was compiled by David M. Bernhisel, son of John Milton Bernhisel.
Papers: In the Walter Murray Gibson Papers, 1855-1865, 61 pages. Includes letters mostly concerning the affairs of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Hawaiian Islands. Subjects covered include John Milton Bernhisel.
Papers: In the L. John Nuttall Papers, 1877-1879, 50 pages. These papers include diary excerpts. Subjects covered include John Milton Bernhisel.
Microfilm: In the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs, Utah Superintendency Papers, 1849-1880, 10 microfilm reels. Correspondents include John M. Bernhisel. An inventory is available at the repository.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Barrett, Gwynn W. "Dr. John M. Bernhisel: Mormon Elder in Congress." Utah Historical Quarterly 36 (Spring 1968): 143-67.

------. "John M. Bernhisel: Mormon Elder in Congress." Ph.D. diss., Brigham Young University, 1968.

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