Herman Esser entered the party with Adolf Hitler in 1920, became the editor of the Nazi paper, Völkischer Beobachter, and a Nazi member of the Reichstag. In the early history of the party, he was Hitler's defacto deputy.
Herman Esser was born in Rörmoos, Bavaria. He did service in WWI and was for a short time a Social Democrat. He died in Munich in 1981.
Herman Esser was an effective public speaker and was its first chief of propaganda. After the Beer Hall Putsch fiasco, he was influential in the reorganization of the party. From 1929 to 1933, he was the Nazi party floor leader in Munich's city council. Afterwards, he became a member of the Reichstag and Bavaria'a minister of economics. In 1939 to the end of the war he served as the undersecretary for tourism in the Reich propaganda ministry.