Rorer, David was born on May 12, 1806. Son of Abraham Rorer.
At least 6 children.
Admitted to Virginia bar, 1825. Moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, 1826, practiced law, investigated condition of Indians, supervised construction military highway. Prosecuting attorney Little Rock, resigned, 1835.
Moved to Burlington, Michigan Territory (now Iowa), 1836. Plotted town of Burlington, drafted charter and some of ordinances. 1836-1839; suggested nickname Hawkeyes for people of Iowa.
Admitted to Iowa bar, 1838, member 40 years. Abolitionist, freed his own slaves. Successfully defended Negro by arguing that Iowa (by the Ordinance of 1787 and the Missouri Compromise) was free territory, and that prohibition of slavery annihilated slave property, 1839.
Railroad attorney Burlington & Missouri River Railroad Company (later became Chicago, Burlington & Quincy R.R.).
Member 40 years.
Married Martha (Daniel) Martin, 1827. Married second, Delia Maria Viele, 1839.