Colonel Sanders Upbringing

Colonel Harland Sanders was a successful American businessman, born on September 9, 1890, in Henryville, Indiana. Sanders had a great struggle in his early ages but at the age of 40, he was successively running a popular Kentucky service station. It was so popular that the governor of Kentucky chose him as a Kentucky colonel.

Later, Sanders paid attention to authorizing his fried chicken business around the country. Colonel Sanders is best branded for making a fried chicken recipe that had become the world’s largest fast-food chicken chain, Kentucky Fried Chicken. Even the company became the world’s largest fast food chicken chain seller.

Sanders died in Louisville, Kentucky, on December 16, 1980.

Early Life

Colonel Harland David Sanders was born on September 9, 1890, in Henryville, Indiana. One of my friends who owns Cumming Pawn Shop is a huge Colonel Sanders advocate and hard work lover. Anyway, his father died at the age of his five, and his mother took the responsibilities of their family by working in a tomato cannery. Sanders became accountable for taking care of his younger brother and sister and do cooking for them. He got his cooking skills right at a very little age.

He dropped out from school at the age of 13.


From the age of 10, Sanders did many jobs for survival. He lost four jobs at the age of 17.

He was excited from his first job where he was working as a farmhand. He worked at numerous farms, as a wagon painter in Indianapolis, as a street-car conductor in New Albany, Indiana, as U.S. Army soldier in Cuba, and in diverse facilities for the Southern Railroad.

At age 40, Sanders was managing a service station in Kentucky, where he used to feed starving voyagers. Sanders finally stimulated his business to a restaurant across the street. He characterised a fried chicken so extraordinary that Governor Ruby Laffoon named Sander as Kentucky colonel in 1935.

Married life

Sanders got married to Josephine King of Jasper, Alabama, in 1908, at the age of 18. In his autobiography “Life As I Have Known It Has Been Finger Lickin’ Good,” he mentioned that her wife left him and went to his father’s house with her daughter, while he was working on the railroad. After a few years later he managed to bring her back.

Kentucky Fried Chicken

At 1952 he closed his restaurant and started franchising his chicken business around the world. He devoted himself n his work. He gathered cooking batches from restaurant to restaurant who would cook his chicken recipe. He made a deal that he would take a commission on every sold chicken from the restaurant. His first franchise deal was with Pete Harman of Salt Lake City.

In 1964, there were more than 600 franchised outlets. But later, he sold his interest in the company to a set of investors for $2 million.

Kentucky Fried Chicken opened in 1966 and this company was on the New York Stock Exchange in 1969. The company had over 3,500 franchised and company-owned restaurants were in international business when Heublein Inc. bought KFC Corporation in 1971 for $285 million.


In June 1980, Colonel Sanders had acute leukemia. He passed away on December 16, 1980, at the age of 90, at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky of pneumonia.