Bates Cooke

Bates Cooke (December 23, 1787 in Wallingford, New Haven County, Connecticut – May 31, 1841 in Lewiston, Niagara County, New York) was an American lawyer and politician.

Bates Cooke
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11th New York State Comptroller
In office
GovernorWilliam H. Seward
Preceded byAzariah C. Flagg
Succeeded byJohn A. Collier
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 30th district
In office
March 4, 1831 – March 3, 1833
Preceded byEbenezer F. Norton
Succeeded byPhilo C. Fuller
Personal details
Born(1787-12-23)December 23, 1787
Wallingford, Connecticut
DiedMay 31, 1841(1841-05-31) (aged 53)
Lewiston, New York
Political partyAnti-Masonic


He was the son of Captain Lemuel Cooke who had fought in the American Revolutionary War. Bates and his brother Lathrop participated in the War of 1812.

Bates Cooke was Supervisor of the Town of Cambria, New York in 1814. Then he studied law, was admitted to the bar about 1815 and commenced practice in Lewiston.

He was elected as an Anti-Mason to the 22nd United States Congress, and served from March 4, 1831 to March 3, 1833.

Bates and Lathrop Cooke were partners of the Lewiston Railroad Company, which connected with the Lockport and Niagara Falls Railroad in 1835.

He was New York State Comptroller from 1839 to January 1841 when he resigned because of his bad health. Subsequently, he was appointed a bank commissioner and died in office soon after.

He was buried at the Oak Wood Cemetery in Lewiston.


  • United States Congress. "Bates Cooke (id: C000729)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Google Book The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (pages 34 and 39; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858) (giving the impression that Cooke was appointed bank commissioner in May 1840, but in fact he was appointed ["under the act of May 1840"] only after his resignation as Comptroller)
  • Bates Cooke on Political Graveyard
  • An episode from the Revolutionary War, in The New York Times on April 8, 1883 (PDF)
  • Lewiston history

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Ebenezer F. Norton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 30th congressional district

Succeeded by
Philo C. Fuller
Political offices
Preceded by
Azariah Cutting Flagg
New York State Comptroller
Succeeded by
John A. Collier

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website