James Cunningham Bishop

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James Cunningham Bishop (1870 - 1932), a son of New York capitalist Heber Reginald Bishop, was a banker who married Abigail Adams Hancock (1870-?) in 1891 and had five children. They divorced in 1913 in what was an early high profile divorce.[1][2] Bishop's attorney was Henry Waters Taft, brother of ex-president William Howard Taft.[3]


  1. ^ "W.J. Kinsley Gives Testimony to Help Mrs. Bishop in Divorce Action.". New York Times. May 28, 1913. Retrieved 2009-08-07. Justice Goff, in the Supreme Court, began the trial yesterday afternoon without a jury of Mrs. Abigail Hancock Bishop's divorce suit against her husband, James Cunningham Bishop, the banker. Mrs. Bishop is receiving $10,000 a year temporary alimony pending the outcome of the trial of the suit. 
  2. ^ "Water Bottled at Bishop Farm, Check Shows, Was Sent to Room." (PDF). New York Times. May 30, 1913. Retrieved 2009-08-07. A midnight meal check of the Hotel Astor, dated Dec. 28, 1912, was put in evidence yesterday before Supreme Court Justice Goff, who is hearing Mrs. Abigail Hancock Bishop's suit for divorce against her husband, James Cunningham Bishop, the banker. The check called for one quart of Orchard water, among its other items, to be delivered to room 622, occupied by a man and woman registered as Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Baer of Philadelphia. 
  3. ^ "Guilty of Contempt of Court in Keeping Daughter with Her, Banker's Lawyer Argues." (PDF). New York Times. March 29, 1913. Retrieved 2009-08-07. Henry W. Taft, brother of Ex-President Taft and attorney for James Cunningham Bishop, the banker who is being sued by his wife for divorce, appeared before Supreme Court Justice Platzek yesterday and argued that Mrs. Abigail Hancock Bishop be committed to jail for contempt of court in disobeying an order of Justice Hendrick which gave the custody of her daughter, Natalie, 15 years old, to her father pending the outcome of the divorce suit.