James M. Cook

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James M. Cook
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New York State Treasurer
In office
1852
Preceded by Alvah Hunt
Succeeded by Benjamin Welch, Jr.
New York State Comptroller
In office
1854-1855
Preceded by John C. Wright
Succeeded by Lorenzo Burrows
Member of the New York State Senate from the 15th District
In office
1864-1865
Preceded by William Clark
Succeeded by Adam W. Kline
Member of the New York State Senate from the 13th District
In office
1848-1851
Preceded by new district
Succeeded by Dan S. Wright
President of the Village of Ballston Spa, New York
In office
1842-1843 & 1845

James Merrill Cook (November 19, 1807 in Ballston, Saratoga County, New York – April 12, 1868 in Saratoga, New York) was an American businessman, banker and politician.

Life[edit]

From 1838 to 1856, he was the first President of the Ballston Spa Bank (later Ballston Spa National Bank) and also was the owner of cotton mills at Ballston Spa.

In 1842, 1843 and 1845, he was President of the Village of Ballston Spa. He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1846.

He was a member of the New York State Senate (13th D.) from 1848 to 1851, sitting in the 71st, 72nd, 73rd, 74th New York State Legislatures.

At the state election in November 1851, he was elected New York State Treasurer on the Whig ticket by a margin of only 228 votes (200,693 for Cook; 200,465 for Welch), and took office on January 1, 1852. His Democratic opponent Benjamin Welch, Jr. contested the election successfully, and on November 20, 1852, Welch succeeded to the office for the remainder of the term.

He was New York State Comptroller from 1854 to 1855, defeated for re-election in 1855 by the American Party candidate Lorenzo Burrows.

From 1856 to 1861, he was Superintendent of the New York State Banking Department. He was again a member of the State Senate (15th D.) in 1864 and 1865.

Cook was married to Anna Cady. Their daughter, Catherine Phillips Cook married George Sherman Batcheller.

Cook is buried in the Ballston Spa Village Cemetery.

Sources[edit]

  • [1] Official state canvass, in NYT on January 1, 1852
  • [2] Political Graveyard
  • [3] History of Saratoga County, New York by Nathaniel Bartlett Sylvester (1878)
  • Google Book The New York Civil List compiled by Franklin Benjamin Hough (pages 34, 36, 39 and 139; Weed, Parsons and Co., 1858)
  • [4] The Whig ticket in 1855, in NYT on September 29, 1855
  • [5] Re-appointed Bank Superintendent, in NYT on January 13, 1859

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New York State Senate
Preceded by
new district
New York State Senate
13th District

1848–1851
Succeeded by
Dan S. Wright
Political offices
Preceded by
Alvah Hunt
New York State Treasurer
1852
Succeeded by
Benjamin Welch, Jr.
Preceded by
John C. Wright
New York State Comptroller
1854–1855
Succeeded by
Lorenzo Burrows
New York State Senate
Preceded by
William Clark
New York State Senate
15th District

1864–1865
Succeeded by
Adam W. Kline