Everybody knows that Kentucky Fried Chicken is a fast-food chicken restaurant and that they have 11 secret herbs and spices. We also know that its logo is an image of its owner, Colonel Sanders. But who is Colonel Sanders? And is he even a Colonel?

Being Called a Colonel

The honorific Colonel used to be a title given to the head of the colony during colonial times. In the US, states like Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and others use this title as an honor. In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, for instance, Kentucky Colonel is the highest authority bestowed to someone. The title, later on, was given to its most noteworthy and outstanding citizens for their “outstanding service to community, state, and nation.”

In the military, a colonel is a senior military officer rank, although the same title was also used in the police forces.

Harland Sanders

Harland David Sanders was born in the east of Henryville in Indiana on September 9, 1890. His mother was a strict, devoted Christian who always reminded him and his two younger siblings of “the evils of alcohol, tobacco, gambling, and whistling on Sundays.” On the other hand, his father was the softer parent and worked his 80-acre farm. When his father died in 1895, his mother had to work in a tomato cannery. Harland was left to look after and cook for his siblings. At the tender age of seven, he was already an expert with bread and vegetables and then with meat later on. At 10, he already began working as a farmhand to help provide for the family, where he earned $2 a month.