Served on the Iowa Supreme Court from July 2, 1902, when he was appointed to fill the vacancy occasioned by the retirement of Justice Charles M. Waterman, until his death July 9, 1908. For one year he was Chief Justice.
Born near Waukesha, Wisconsin, May 22, 1854. He studied law in law offices in Wisconsin and was admitted to the bar in 1875. In the same year he migrated to Iowa, locating at La Porte in Black Hawk County. In 1882 he served as a member of the House of Representatives in the Nineteenth General Assembly. Shortly thereafter he moved to Minneapolis where he remained three years. In 1885 he returned to Iowa, locating at Des Moines where in 1889 he was appointed to fill a vacancy in the District Court, He failed to be elected the next year, but in 1897 he was again appointed to the District Bench, continuing there until early in 1902.
Justice Bishop died at Waterloo while attending a meeting of the State Bar Association.