- 1 John Adams (William Daniels)
- 2 Benjamin Franklin (Howard da Silva)
- 3 Thomas Jefferson (Ken Howard)
- 4 Abigail Adams (Virginia Vestoff)
- 5 John Dickinson (Donald Madden)
- 6 Edward Rutledge (John Cullum)
- 7 Richard Henry Lee (Ron Holgate)
- 8 John Hancock
- 9 Caesar Rodney
- 10 Judge James Wilson
- 11 Dr. Lyman Hall
- 12 Col. Thomas McKean
- 13 George Read
- 14 Joseph Hewes
- 15 Josiah Bartlett
- 16 Rev. James Witherspoon
- 17 Stephen Hopkins
- 18 Charles Thomson
- 19 Samuel Chase
- 20 Roger Sherman
- 21 Lewis Morris
- 22 Robert Livingston
- 23 The Courier
- 24 MacNair
- 25 Martha Jefferson (Blythe Danner)
- 26 George Washington
Benjamin Franklin (Howard da Silva)
Thomas Jefferson (Ken Howard)
Abigail Adams (Virginia Vestoff)
John Dickinson (Donald Madden)
Our Antagonist, so to speak. A Philadelphia gentleman, Dickinson revels in being cool and conservative. The only man in Congress able to match wits with Adams. Dead-set against Independence, but "regards America no less than does Mr Adams." Proves it.
Edward Rutledge (John Cullum)
A Southern plantation owner from South Carolina. Gives possibly the most epic What the Hell, Hero? known to musical theatre in the form of "Molasses to Rum." The youngest man in Congress - except for Ben Franklin.
Richard Henry Lee (Ron Holgate)
The long-suffering president of Congress. Too hot - literally. Philadelphia is baking in the summer.
Delegate from Delaware. Staunch defender of independence.
- Badass Grandpa: rode 80 miles overnight to cast the deciding vote for Delaware while suffering from debilitating cancer
Judge James Wilson
Dickinson's toady. Continuously forgets that Pennsylvania cannot second its own motion.
Dr. Lyman Hall
Col. Thomas McKean
A loud Scotsman. Also from Delaware. His loud voice belies his soft heart.
- Boisterous Bruiser: not a very effective one, granted.
Rev. James Witherspoon
- Catch Phrase: "New York abstains courteously!"
- It's Personal: After his home gets destroyed by British troops and his sons enlists in the Continental Army, he supports the independence movement regardless of New York's wishes.
- My Country, Right or Wrong - Well, more like his state, but states were considered similar to countries at the time anyway; he abstains from voting because New York didn't actually give him instructions on whether or not to vote for independence.
Martha Jefferson (Blythe Danner)
- Acceptable Breaks From Reality: She never visited hubby in Philadelphia.
- Happily Married
- One-Scene Wonder: well, Two Scene Wonder. We see her snogging Jefferson, and then she sings "He Plays the Violin" before she goes off to snog Jefferson again.
- Sickeningly Sweethearts: Snogs Jefferson long enough to completely forget and completely ignore ever meeting Franklin and Adams until the next day.