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.
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.
Member United States House