Well, they were all incredibly well educated and willing to shoulder the public criticism in order to get out their ideas. They believed in the people limiting the government, not the other way around. They argued and fought, but met for cocktails and cigars and came to compromises far more important, yet much harsher than those of today. The average person in America at the time was not even close to this level of education, so yeah, I guess they were elitists. Awesome, American elitists.
OK Washington never went to school but he managed to learn to read and write and learn enough math to be a surveyer. He never received formal military training but led us to victory. He was one of the richest men in the colonies.