Colonel Harland David Sanders (September 9, 1890 – December 16, 1980) was an American businessman, best known for foonding fast food chicken restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (now known as KFC) an later acting as the company's brand ambassador an symbol. His name an image are still symbols o the company. The title 'colonel' was honorary – a Kentucky colonel – not the military rank.
Sanders held a number o jobs in his early life, such as steam ingine stoker, insurance salesman an filling station operator. He began selling fried chicken from his roadside restaurant in North Corbin, Kentucky, during the Great Depression. During that time, Sanders developed his "secret recipe" an his patented method o cooking chicken in a pressure fryer. Sanders recognized the potential o the restaurant franchising concept, an the first KFC franchise opened in Utah in 1952. When his original restaurant closed, he devoted himsel full-time to franchising his fried chicken throughout the country.
The company's rapid expansion across the Unitit States an overseas became overwhelming for Sanders. In 1964, then 73 year auld, he sold the company to a group o investors led by John Y. Brown, Jr. and Jack C. Massey for $2 million ($15.4 million today). However, he retained control o operations in Canada, an he became a salaried brand ambassador for Kentucky Fried Chicken. In his later years, he became highly critical o the food served by KFC restaurants, as he believed they had cut costs an allowed quality to deteriorate.