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
- Bates Cooke at Find a Grave
-  Historic houses in Lewiston, among them Cooke's on 755 Center Street
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