Where did KFC founder Harland Sanders get his Colonel title from?
Harland Sanders, the founder of the KFC restaurant chain, is fondly called “Colonel Sanders” by people. Ever wondered where this title came from?
Well, it was not from serving in the military, although Sanders did serve in the military. In fact, it was given to him by the Commonwealth of Kentucky – it is the highest bestowed upon an individual by the Commonwealth. Sanders received his title from Governor Ruby Laffoon for running a successful roadside restaurant, even before he began franchising his chicken recipes.
Sanders was really attached to the title, and started calling himself “the Colonel.” Those around him also went with it, until the title became inseparable from his name.