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