I'm fascinated with reading about Thomas Jefferson right now, he was a brilliant man, Who if you read your history never cheated on his wife. He was a man of honor in that he kept the promise his wife made him make on her death bed. (When Sally Hemings was nine years old.) He promised never to remarry, Martha Jefferson couldn't bear the thought of her children being raised by another woman, and history proves that Hemmings was about 16 when the love affair started and 14 was about the age of consent at that time.
The only 2 things he did wrong are having sex with a slave, mixing races was a no no at that time in the U.S. because of the atrocity of slavery, and he had sex out of wedlock, but it was illegal to marry slaves. Today this has become an acceptable act unless you're a minister or a politician. Most people who try to hold politicians to this higher accountability can't even live up to it.
What made him the greatest in my eyes is that he was a brilliant thinker, that wrote the Declaration of Independence with almost poetic beauty. He may not have been much of a public speaker, but what he wrote and the way his mind worked were brilliant.
We could really use a mind like his to solve some of today's problems. I wish he were available for consultation today.