Found Jim Bishop’s obituary in an old book

Jim Bishop's signature from the B. Nash collection


The things I find in old books!  This time it is a newspaper clipping from The Detroit News-dated July 28, 1987.  It is the obituary of author Jim Bishop.  His book: The Day Lincoln Was Shot was one of my early exposures to the Lincoln assassination story.  I would still recommend the book even though there are a few historical inaccuracies in it.  I have Mr. Bishop’s autograph (See picture above).  Below is the obituary as it appeared in The Detroit News:


Jim Bishop, 79, columnist

Biographies covered one day in the lives of great men



Jim Bishop, a nationally syndicated columnist for 27 years and author of best-selling books about Jesus, John Kennedy, Abraham Lincoln and others, died of respiratory failure Sunday.

He was 79.

Bishop began his newspaper career in 1929 as a copy boy for the New York Daily News. Later, he worked for Hearst’s Daily Mirror.  His thrice-weekly newspaper column, “Jim Bishop: Reporter,” was carried by more than 200 newspapers at its peak. Bishop once said he liked “lean little sentences” and referred to his work as a “glassy, superficial style and a seasoned touch for saying a lot in a few words.”  Among his books were profiles of Abraham Lincoln, Jesus Christ, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr., all focusing on a day in their lives.

Bishop spent 24 years collecting notebooks to produce the popular book The Day Lincoln Was Shot, released in 1955. It sold about 3 million copies and was translated into 16 languages.  Bishop wrote two books on Kennedy, A Day in the Life of President Kennedy, which took the reader through a 17-hour day in his administration, and The Day Kennedy Was Shot, a chronicle of Nov. 22, 1963. He retired from writing his column in 1983.

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