47 Facts About Colonel Sanders

1. Colonel Sanders created two institutions which were the Colonel Harland Sanders Trust and Charitable organization which supported charities which cared for women and children.

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2. Colonel Sanders eventually sold the Kentucky Fried Chicken for $2 million to John Y Brown.

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3. Colonel Sanders sold off the restaurant in 1955 after the interstate was opened.

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4. In 1942, Colonel Sanders worked as a hotel supervisor, after which he operated government cafeterias in Tennessee.

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5. In 1930, Colonel Sanders operated a service station for Shell Oil Company in Corbin Kentucky.

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6. Colonel Sanders lost his job in the railway company after a brawl with his colleague.

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7. Colonel Sanders studied law in his spare time through correspondence through the La Salle Extension University.

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8. In 1909, Colonel Sanders worked for the Norfolk and Western Railway.

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9. Colonel Sanders left home at the age of 13 and took a job, painting horse carriages in Indianapolis.

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10. Colonel Sanders had a tough time with his stepfather, William Broaddus and in 1903, dropped out of seventh grade and went to work as a farm hand.

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11. Colonel Sanders was born on 9th September 1890 east of Henryville, Indiana.

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12. Colonel Sanders used the pressure cooker to prepare the chicken, and this reduced the cooking time, enabling Sanders to serve many customers.

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13. Colonel Sanders married his first wife, Josephine, at the young age of 19.

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14. Colonel Sanders obtained a patent protecting his method of pressure frying chicken in 1962.

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15. Colonel Sanders was "re-commissioned" as a Kentucky Colonel in 1950 by his friend, Governor Lawrence Wetherby.

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16. Colonel Sanders eventually moved his operation to a restaurant across the street, and featured a fried chicken so notable that he was named a Kentucky colonel in 1935 by Governor Ruby Laffoon.

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17. Colonel Sanders died in Shelbyville, Kentucky on December 16, 1980, after a seven-month battle with leukemia.

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18. Colonel Sanders served as the company spokesman, making personal appearances and television commercials.

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19. Colonel Sanders had no luck with the better restaurants, said John Neal, a franchisee.

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20. In 1949, Colonel Sanders was honored with the title of Kentucky colonel, this time by Lieutenant Governor Lawrence Weatherby.

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21. Colonel Sanders continued to alter his chicken recipe to get the seasonings just right.

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22. In 1937, Colonel Sanders tried to start a restaurant chain in Kentucky, but his attempt failed.

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23. In 1929, Colonel Sanders moved to Corbin, Kentucky, a small town at the edge of the Appalachian Mountains, and opened a gas station along US Route 25.

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24. Colonel Sanders bought the patent rights and launched a manufacturing company.

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25. Colonel Sanders created the Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food chain at the age of 66.

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26. Colonel Sanders was buried in his characteristic white suit and black western string tie in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.

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27. Colonel Sanders died at Jewish Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky of pneumonia on December 16, 1980 at the age of 90.

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28. Colonel Sanders bought and lived in a bungalow at 1337 Melton Drive in the Lakeview area of Mississauga from 1965 to 1980.

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29. In 1965, Colonel Sanders moved to Mississauga, Ontario to oversee his Canadian franchises and continued to collect franchise and appearance fees both in Canada and in the US.

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30. Colonel Sanders obtained a patent protecting his method of pressure frying chicken in 1962, and trademarked the phrase "It's Finger Lickin' Good" in 1963.

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31. Colonel Sanders believed that his North Corbin restaurant would remain successful indefinitely, but at age 65 sold it after the new Interstate 75 reduced customer traffic.

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32. Colonel Sanders was "re-commissioned" as a Kentucky colonel in 1950 by his friend, Governor Lawrence Wetherby.

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33. Colonel Sanders left his mistress, Claudia Ledington-Price, as manager of the North Corbin restaurant and motel.

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34. Colonel Sanders went to work as a supervisor in Seattle until the latter part of 1942.

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35. Colonel Sanders lost his job in 1924 when Michelin closed its New Jersey manufacturing plant.

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36. Colonel Sanders moved to Winchester, Kentucky, to work as a salesman for the Michelin Tire Company.

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37. In 1920, Colonel Sanders established a ferry boat company, which operated a boat on the Ohio River between Jeffersonville and Louisville.

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38. Colonel Sanders moved to Louisville and got a sales job with Mutual Benefit Life of New Jersey.

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39. Colonel Sanders lost his job at Illinois after brawling with a colleague.

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40. In 1909, Colonel Sanders found laboring work with the Norfolk and Western Railway.

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41. Colonel Sanders progressed to become a fireman at the age of 16 or 17.

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42. Colonel Sanders was honorably discharged in February 1907 and moved to Sheffield, Alabama, where his uncle lived.

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43. When he was 10, Colonel Sanders began to work as a farmhand.

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44. Colonel Sanders was the oldest of three children born to Wilbur David and Margaret Ann Sanders.

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45. Colonel Sanders recognized the potential of the restaurant franchising concept, and the first KFC franchise opened in South Salt Lake, Utah in 1952.

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46. Colonel Sanders began selling fried chicken from his roadside restaurant in North Corbin, Kentucky, during the Great Depression.

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47. Colonel Sanders is the most beloved gentleman in Kentucky, and the only fast food franchiser honored with a bust in the state capitol.

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