George Frederick Seward (1840 – November 28, 1910) was a United States diplomat in China during the mid and late 19th century. He served as "Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary" to China from 1876 until 1880. He later was an insurance executive with the Fidelity and Casualty Company.
Seward, a native of Florida, New York, was appointed to the position of U.S. Consul in Shanghai on 1861, U.S. Consul General in Shanghai on 1863, and U.S. Minister to China on January 7, 1876.
During his service, Seward played a key role in early treaty negotiations that would eventually become known as the Chinese Exclusion Act. Seward opposed restricting Chinese immigration but was unable to reach an agreement that the U.S. Department of State favored, which lead to his untimely replacement as Minister to China the summer of 1880.