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Date of Birth 21 November 1907Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Date of Death 26 July 1987Delray Beach, Florida, USA
Birth NameJames Alonzo Bishop

Mini Bio (1)

Jim Bishop was born on November 21, 1907 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA as James Alonzo Bishop. He was a writer, known for The Day Lincoln Was Shot (1998), F.D.R.: The Last Year (1980) and The Day Christ Died (1980). He was married to Elizabeth Kelly Stone, Elinore Margaret Dunning and Elinor Margaret Dunning. He died on July 26, 1987 in Delray Beach, Florida, USA.

Spouse (3)

Elizabeth Kelly Stone (19 May 1961 - 26 July 1987) (his death)
Elinor Margaret Dunning (14 June 1930 - 1957) (her death) (2 children)
Elinore Margaret Dunning (? - 10 October 1957) (her death) (2 children)

Trivia (15)

Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 105-106. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.
In 1952, was living in Teaneck, New Jersey.
Had two daughters with first wife Elinor Margaret Dunning - Virginia Lee (born about 1937) and Gayle Peggy (born about 1943).
Once worked as secretary to Mark Hellinger, a Broadway newspaper columnist who also became a film writer and producer.
Once hosted a now-forgotten TV series called "Battlefield", a 1960's precursor to the similarly-themed 1995 series. For some reason, little documentation about this 1960's version can be found.
Copy boy, New York Daily News, 1929.
Founding editor, Gold Medal Books, 1949.
Columnist for King Features Syndicate, column "Jim Bishop: Reporter," 1956-83.
Associate editor, Colliers magazine, 1943.
Inspired to become a writer while sitting at the kitchen table as a boy watching his father, a Jersey City, New Jersey police lieutenant, fill out his police reports.
Reporter, New York Daily Mirror, 1930.
Founding editor, Catholic Digest Book Club, 1954-55.
Executive editor, Liberty magazine, 1945-47.
War editor, Colliers magazine, 1943-45.
Rewrite man and feature writer, New York Daily Mirror, 1934-43.

Personal Quotes (3)

I don't think of myself as a historian. A reporter, maybe. What makes a good writer of history is a guy who is suspicious. Suspicion marks the real difference between the man who wants to write honest history and the one who'd just rather write a good story.
[To Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy after she requested in 1964 that he not proceed with his book on the assassination of her husband] I cannot believe that you mean this. To say that one man may rewrite history, but that another may not, amounts to personal copyright.
There's always a temptation to anyone to flower up Lincoln's death scene. I suppose I learned long ago that - well, I don't believe in it. Underplay, undersay, let the facts speak for themselves.

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