Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson are my favorites among the founding conspirators… They’ve always seemed the most “real” for me, the most human.
Jefferson in particular has always been something of a personal hero. A genius, surely, but flawed. Just listing his accomplishments would take much time, not to mention his flaws, mistakes, and personal disappointments.
People who know me can attest to the fact that I really would like to tell you everything. (perhaps “warn” would be more accurate)
But for a bunch of things, you could usefully start with Maira Kalman’s wonderfully illustrated and written piece ,“Time Wastes Too Fast” in the column she does for the New York Times, “And the Pursuit of Happiness”.