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Ingram, big figure in N.C. politics, dies

Former state insurance commissioner John Randolph Ingram, a well-known and often controversial figure in North Carolina politics throughout the 1970s and 1980s, died of heart failure Sunday evening at his home in Myrtle Beach.

Ingram, 83, served 12 years in the commissioner’s office after a successful 1972 campaign urging reform of the insurance industry. It was a theme he returned to often during his more than two decades in politics and public life, which included a losing campaign against U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms.

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