Apple Sanders

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Albert Taylor "Apple" Sanders, Jr.​

Louisiana State Representative for
East Baton Rouge Parish​
In office
1956 ​ – 1964​
Preceded by Two-member delegation:

Rolfe H. McCollister
​ Percy E. Roberts​

Succeeded by Six-member district:
William F. "Bill" Bernhard Jr.
Luther F. Cole
Carl V. Dawson
Joe Keogh
Eugene McGehee
Lillian Walker Walker (maiden name same as married name)​

Born November 10, 1926​
Fernwood, Pike County, Mississippi, USA​
Died June 17, 1989 (aged 62)​
Baton Rouge, Louisiana​
Resting place Greenoaks Memorial Park in Baton Rouge​
Nationality American​
Political party Democrat
Spouse(s) Gloria P. Sanders​
Children Charlotte Metheny

Mary Wunstel
A. T. “Apple” Sanders, III
Hamp Sanders
Seven grandchildren​

Residence Baton Rouge, Louisiana​
Alma mater Louisiana State University
Occupation Businessman

Albert, Sr., and Willie Montgomery Sanders, Sr.

Albert Taylor Sanders, Jr., known as Apple Sanders (November 10, 1926 – June 17, 1989),[1] was a businessman from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who served as a Democratic state representative for East Baton Rouge Parish from 1956 to 1964 during the gubernatorial terms of Earl Kemp Long and Jimmie Davis.[2]​ ​


His father, Albert Sanders, Sr. (1899–1982), was born in Amite County, Mississippi. His mother was the former Willie Montgomery.[3] Sanders attended Baton Rouge High School and for one year each, Louisiana State University and Southern Mississippi College, now the University of Southern Mississippi at Hattiesburg, at which he played football and basketball.[4]

Sanders briefly played professional football for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.[4]


Sanders served in the United States Navy. He earned his livelihood as a sales manager in the ready mix concrete business. As a legislator, he worked to establish the Earl K. Long Memorial Hospital in Baton Rouge, a state supported charity hospital. He opposed right-to-work legislation and vowed to revitalize public education and welfare systems. He backed a referendum on a state lottery, which was adopted in 1991, two years after Sanders' death. He supported lowering the legislative budget and the state homestead exemption.[4]

In addition to his two state House terms, he ran unsuccessfully for mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish and for the state Senate in 1967 and 1987.[4] In the latter race, he sought a political comeback when he challenged the Democrat-turned-Republican Kenneth Eli Osterberger, Jr. (1930-2016), for reelection to the District 16 seat in the state Senate.[5]

Family and death

Sanders and his wife, Gloria P. Sanders (1929-1981), had four children, one of whom is deceased, Albert Sanders, III, known as "Lil Apple" (1950–1994), a Roman Catholic who was a star athlete at Baton Rouge High School and LSU.[6]​Their three other children are Charlotte Metheny, Mary Wunstel, and Hamp Sanders.[4]

Sanders was an active Mason and Shriner. He died in Baton Rouge at the age of sixty-two and is interred there alongside other family members at Greenoaks Memorial Park.[7][1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Albert T. Sanders. Retrieved on April 19, 2020.
  2. Membership in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1812–2024 (East Baton Rouge Parish). Louisiana Secretary of State. Retrieved on April 19, 2020.
  3. Albert Taylor Sanders Sr.. Retrieved on April 19, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Sanders, Albert T. "Apple", Jr.. A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography: Louisiana Historical Association. Retrieved on April 19, 2020.
  5. Louisiana Secretary of State, Election Returns, October 24, 1987.
  6. Albert T. "Lil Apple" Sanders III. Retrieved on April 18, 2020.
  7. The Baton Rouge Advocate and The New Orleans Times-Picayune, June 19, 1989.