Served on the Iowa Supreme Court from July 19, 1965, until his retirement August 17, 1978.
Born at Onawa, Iowa, August 17, 1906. He received his preparatory education at the University of Iowa [1925-1927] and later graduated from the South Dakota College of Law in 1930. The following year he engaged in private practice at Sioux City, Iowa. From 1935 to 1943 he served as County Attorney of Woodbury County and was primarily responsible for running the racketeers out of that area. During World War II he was a captain the Judge Advocate General's Department. From 1943 to 1947 he served as OPA Director for several districts. Following the war he served as City Attorney of Sioux City from 1948 to 1951. In 1958 he became Judge of the then Fourth Judicial District where he continued to serve until coming on the Supreme Court.
After his retirement from the court, Justice Rawlings engaged in the practice of law in Sioux City with his son. He died September 10, 1982.