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Colonel Harland Sanders
[Harland Sanders]
September 9, 1890 - December 16, 1980
American businessman, and founder of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant franchise, Harland David Sanders started the business in 1952 and sold it in 1964, although he remained their corporate spokesman until his death. Governor Ruby Laffoon made him a Kentucky Colonel in 1935 in recognition of his contributions to the state’s cuisine. And in 1939, his establishment was first listed in Duncan Hines' "Adventures in Good Eating."
Initiated: April 6, 1917
Demitted: February 27, 1920
Lodge No. 651 (Indiana), Henryville, Indiana
Passed: 1919
Raised: 1919
Courtesy to 651 (Indiana) by Clark 40 (Indiana)
Affiliated: October 27, 1953
Demitted: April 13, 1976
Hugh Harris Lodge No. 938, Corbin, Whitley County, Kentucky

Source: card file of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, F&AM. His gravestone displays the masonic square and compasses, Shriners and Scottish Rite logos. His autobiography, Life As I Have Known It Has Been Finger Lickin' Good (Carol Stream, Illinois : Creation House, 1974 p. 29), notes his installation as a 33° Scottish Rite freemason in Washington, D.C..

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