Col. Harland Sanders (1890–1980)
Founder, Kentucky Fried Chicken (posthumous)
Class of 2010
From young cook to KFC’s famous colonel
Harland Sanders began the KFC chain in 1930 with a service station in Corbin, Kentucky. Selling complete meals, he invented what’s now known as “home meal replacement.” He began franchising the concept in 1955 and in less than 10 years had more than 600 franchises in North America.