One interesting piece of history is looking at how many influences contribute to great accomplishments. John Adams and Ben Franklin typically did not see eye-to-eye. Franklin though Adams to be a bit to up-tight and stuck to unwavering opinions. Adams thought Franklin to be somewhat undisciplined in his routine and how he interacted with some foreign dignitaries.
They each of course had a different personality and way of approaching their work, and each contributing significantly to the cause of independence. Do you think one had a greater impact on shaping America?