In three middle-length essays that recall his Heroes of the American Revolution (KR, 1971) Burke Davis sets out to humanize Virginia's best known Founding Fathers without knocking the pedestals out from under them. Not surprisingly, the most striking of the three profiles is that of Patrick Henry whose life is the least well known. Davis traces Henry's transformation from country rube into wealthy lawyer with excerpts from his orations--but without making a point of his later conservatism. The other chapters touch on Jefferson's intellectual sources for the writing of the Declaration of Independence and Washington's apprenticeship in politics in the Virginia House of Burgesses. Smoothly presented, but not a very substantial tribute.