Wells graduated in 1873 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was an instructor from 1873 to 1880, and later became successively an assistant professor (1883), an associate professor (1885), and a full professor (1893-1911) of mathematics.
Wells' textbooks were used in many schools and colleges in the United States. Among the titles were:
- Elementary Treatise on Logarithms (1878)
- University Algebra (1878)
- Plane and Spherical Trigonometry (1884)
- Plane and Solid Geometry (1887)
- Higher Algebra (1889)
- College Algebra (1890)
- Academic Arithmetic (1893)
- Complete Trigonometry (1900)
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- Gilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Colby, F. M., eds. (1905). "Wells, Webster". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.
- Webster Wells (2005) . "New plane geometry". University of Michigan Library. Retrieved 4 March 2011.