Log In

Jim Bishop Edit Profile


James Alonzo "Jim" Bishop was an American journalist and author who wrote the bestselling book The Day Lincoln was Shot.


Bishop, Jim was born on November 21, 1907 in Jersey City. Son of John Michael and Jenny Josephine (Tier) Bishop.


Student, Drakes Secretarial College, 1923. Doctor of Letters, St. Bonaventure University, 1958. Doctor of Letters, Belmont Abbey College, 1968.

Doctor of Letters, St. Peter's College, 1978. Doctor of Letters, St. Thomas of Villanova University, 1984. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary)(honorary).


Born in Jersey City, New Jersey, he dropped out of school after eighth grade. 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.

Bishop wrote a biography of Hellinger in 1952. 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. 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. 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.

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. \r\nThe 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, and again as a 1998 made-for-television film starring Lance Henriksen as Lincoln. The Day Christ Died was made into a television film in 1980, starring Chris Sarandon as Jesus Christ, and Keith Michell as Pontius Pilate.


  • Next, he was the founding editor of Gold Medal Books (the juvenile division of Fawcett Publications) until 1953.



Married Elinor Margaret Dunning, June 14, 1930 (deceased October 1957). Children: Virginia Lee, Gayle Peggy. Married Elizabeth Kelly Stone, May, 1961.

Children: Karen, Kathleen.

John Michael Bishop

Jenny Josephine (Tier) Bishop

Elinor Margaret Dunning

Elizabeth Kelly Stone

Gayle Peggy Bishop

Karen Bishop

Kathleen Bishop

Virginia Lee Bishop