Jim Bishop

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Jim Bishop
Born James Alonzo Bishop
(1907-11-21)November 21, 1907
Jersey City, New Jersey
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Delray Beach, Florida
Occupation Journalist, author
Nationality American

James Alonzo "Jim" Bishop (November 21, 1907 – July 26, 1987) was an American journalist and author who wrote the bestselling book The Day Lincoln was Shot.[1]

Early life

Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, he dropped out of school after eighth grade. In 1923, he studied typing, shorthand, and bookkeeping, and in 1929 began work as a copy boy at the New York Daily News.[1]


In 1930, Bishop got a job as a cub reporter at New York Daily Mirror, where he worked until 1943, when he joined Collier's magazine. He remained there until 1945.

His plans to write for his friend and mentor, Hollywood producer Mark Hellinger, ended with Hellinger's death in 1947. Bishop wrote a biography of Hellinger in 1952.[1]

From 1946 to 1948, Bishop was executive editor of Liberty magazine, he then was director of the literary department at the Music Corporation of America until 1951. Next, he was the founding editor of Gold Medal Books (the juvenile division of Fawcett Publications) until 1953.

In the 1950s, Bishop would do his writing at the Jersey Shore in Sea Bright, New Jersey, going back to his home in Teaneck, New Jersey on weekends to see his wife and children.[2] In 1957, he started his column, Jim Bishop: Reporter, with King Features Syndicate, which continued until 1983. It also landed him on the master list of Nixon political opponents.[citation needed]

Bishop spent the remainder of his career writing biographical books about notable figures and Christian-themed books. The Day Lincoln Was Shot was published in 1955 and became an instant best-seller.[citation needed] Bishop also wrote The Day Christ Died, The Day Christ Was Born, and The Day Kennedy Was Shot. Perhaps his most critically acclaimed book was FDR's Last Year: April 1944 – April 1945, which brought to public awareness the secrecy that surrounded President Franklin D. Roosevelt's declining health during World War II.[1]

Screen adaptations

The Day Lincoln Was Shot was dramatized on TV twice, first as a 1956 live special starring Raymond Massey as Abraham Lincoln and shown on the Ford Star Jubilee anthology series,[citation needed] and again as a 1998 made-for-television film starring Lance Henriksen as Lincoln.[citation needed]

The Day Christ Died was made into a television film in 1980, starring Chris Sarandon as Jesus Christ, and Keith Michell as Pontius Pilate.[citation needed]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Spencer, Michael. "Jim Bishop Chronology". St. Bonaventure University. Retrieved June 2, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. The Golden Hack] (May 13, 1957). "A teetotaler, Bishop works in a pink-and-black oceanside house at Sea Bright, N.J., sees his wife and family in Teaneck only on weekends". Time.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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