Bishop, Curtis Kent (1912–1967)

By: Joe B. Frantz

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: November 1, 1994

Curtis Kent Bishop, newspaperman and author, was born in Bolivar, Tennessee, on November 10, 1912, the son of D. E. and Annie (Cornelius) Bishop. He moved to Texas as a boy, graduated from Big Spring High School in 1934, and attended the University of Texas from 1934 to 1936; at the university he was twice editor of the Ranger, the student magazine, and sports reporter for the student newspaper, the Daily Texan. He worked as a reporter for the Austin Tribune from 1939 to 1942 and the Austin American-Statesman from the time he was sixteen, a job which he later took permanently. He wrote a column, "This Day in Texas," syndicated throughout the state. During World War II Bishop was with the Foreign Broadcast Intelligence Service in Latin America and the Pacific Theater. On his return he became widely recognized for his books on sports and for his western novels, at least six of which were made into motion pictures. He wrote other books in the field of teen-age sports fiction, among them Half-Time Hero (1956) and Dribble Up (1956). In the historical field he wrote The First Texas Ranger: Jack Hays (1959) and Lots of Land (1949), the latter with James Bascom Giles. He wrote hundreds of magazine articles and was given an award by Look magazine for a television play. He wrote under several pen names. As a result of the book written with Bascom Giles, the General Land Office of Texas employed Bishop to examine its archives in order to help prepare the case for Texas in the Tidelands controversy. He worked at the Land Office for about thirteen years, between 1947 and 1967. At the time of his death he was administrative assistant in the public relations department. From 1954 to 1960 he was a member of the Texas Employment Commission. Bishop was married to Grace Eyree, and they had four children. He died of a heart attack on March 17, 1967, in Austin and was buried in Austin Memorial Park.

Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
  • Journalism
  • Newspapers
  • Editors and Reporters
  • Writers, Authors, Publications, and Literature
  • Literature
  • Dramatists and Novelists
  • Fiction

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Joe B. Frantz, “Bishop, Curtis Kent,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 25, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994